Moving the US embassy to Jerusalem is something Trump is for because of the “whisper” of some Jews, Abe Foxman said, but the Israeli government doesn’t really want it, and it could “undo progress”
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Donald Trump seems to have cold feet about moving U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem, with his spokesperson saying he will consult “stakeholders” in a “decision-making process.”
There were demonstrations across Palestine today over Trump’s inauguration and plans to move the US embassy to Jerusalem. Six protesters were arrested after they set up a tent on the outskirts of the illegal Jerusalem settlement of Ma’ale Adumim, which many in Israel’s government want to annex.
“I am not a person who breaks promises,” incoming President Donald Trump said this week about his plan to move the US embassy to Jerusalem, but the move is sparking angry protest around the world.
One of the major questions facing the incoming Trump administration is whether it will move the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. Commentators agree it could have far-reaching consequences and embolden Israel’s right-wing. What may come as a surprise is that it could also end up further isolating Israel. “It increases the possibility that other countries—specifically the Europeans—that simply tag along behind the United States are going to have to start to make policy [decisions] for themselves…where they exact some form of consequence on Israel,” Ali Abunimah tells Mondoweiss.
David Makovsky of the Washington Institute for Near East Policy says BDS is a threat because there are a rising number of minority students on US campuses who think Israel stole the land from Palestinians, and if anti-Semitism worsens, American Jews will expect Benjamin Netanyahu as “the leader of all Jews” to speak out against it in the U.S.
The Times of Israel has reported that the Trump transition team “has begun exploring the logistics of moving the US Embassy from Tel Aviv, and checking into sites for its intended new location,” adding that the site being considered was formerly the location of the Allenby Barracks, the site of the British army’s Jerusalem garrison during the Mandate. However, research by Walid Khalidi shows the site being considered is Palestinian private property stolen from its owners. Khalidi says the move would recklessly violate U.S. and international law.
Trump can’t stop talking about moving the embassy to Jerusalem; and Netanyahu is looking forward to the new president, thereby driving a wedge between himself and American Jewry.
Trump will meet Netanyahu later this year, he said last night. The Israeli Prime Minister “has absolutely no support from President Obama. Absolutely none.”