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Trump to forge ahead with Jerusalem embassy move despite opposition

January 11, 2017 at 6:40 am 15 News
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US President-elect Donald Trump’s team has reportedly informed regional allies of the plans.

The incoming Trump administration plans to move ahead with its plans to move the US embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem regardless of criticism from Arab nations, CNN reported Monday.

According to the report, US President-elect Donald Trump’s team has informed regional allies of the plans.

CNN cited unnamed Israeli officials as speculating that the move could be announced as early as May 24, on the Israeli holiday “Jerusalem Day” that marks the reunification of the capital in the 1967 Six Day War.

The report emerged after Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas sent a letter to Trump urging him not to relocate his country’s embassy in Israel when he assumes office.

“The president asked the American president-elect to not take this step [moving the embassy], as it will have destructive consequences on the peace process, the two state solution and the safety and security of the region,” official PA news site Wafa reported on Monday, paraphrasing Abbas’s letter. Wafa did not specify exactly when the letter was sent to Trump.

In addition, US Secretary of State John Kerry told CBS in an interview on Friday that relocating the embassy would cause “an explosion, an absolute explosion in the region, not just in the West Bank, and perhaps [not] even [just] in Israel itself, but throughout the region.”

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told a group of reporters on a state visit to Azerbaijan in mid-December that Trump’s plan to relocate the embassy is “great.”

Adam Rasgon contributed to this report.

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  1. Clara Flores January 11, 2017 at 9:44 am

    President Elect Trump is entitled to move the Jerusalem Embassy if he chooses.

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    • Srini Varadarajan January 11, 2017 at 2:47 pm

      Clara, current US Embassy Israel isn’t in Jerusalem, but should be:
      * Jerusalem has officially been capital of Israel since 1948 (albeit the city was divided — but “West Jerusalem” was the official capital)
      * in every other country where US has Embassy, it’s in the official national capital (note — it can be moved if the capital changes, but that is prerogative of the other country)

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  2. Kbuzz1 January 11, 2017 at 10:02 am

    I believe Kerry is correct, it will cause an explosion.
    Good.
    Let Israel settle this issue once and for all. It is clearly obvious that diplomatic options have failed for the the last 50 years, and the Palestinains have made it clear that they have no intentions of any kind of treaty.
    History has proven that there is only one sure way to solve these issues – Violence – pure raw naked violence.

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    • marines January 11, 2017 at 11:06 am

      Kerry doesn’t know feces from shinola! Israel is our ally. Obama has treated them to nothing but aiding and abetting their enemies. The capital of Israel is Jerusalem and will be as long as they have breath. Who cares what anti-Semites think about where the U.S. Embassy is? They are our enemies also, whether Mr. Obama and Mr. Kerry have some screwed up world view or are Muslims also…which I don’t think Mr. Kerry is considering his recent denial of his negative statement toward LGBT.

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      ltuser January 11, 2017 at 4:48 pm

      I agree. the 2 state solution is pure bupkis. AND EVERY treaty signed by the Israeli’s and their arab neighbors have been BROKEN BY those arabs…

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  3. drillbeast January 11, 2017 at 12:09 pm

    ” it will have destructive consequences on the peace process, the two state solution and the safety and security of the region,” official PA news site Wafa reported ”
    Palestinians are the most destructive impedance to a 2 state solution.

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      porthos January 11, 2017 at 4:28 pm

      If I remember right, when Israel was set up back in 1948, the area across the Jordan River (Transjordan) was assigned to the Arab peoples. If that is true then the two state solution already exists. All of this noise then is nothing more than the so-called Palestinians wanting to take Israel also.

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  4. 7789361 January 11, 2017 at 12:21 pm

    The US Embassy should be in The City of Melchisedec, and King David. If Kerry studied the Koran he would find it to be like Mein Kampf, but Democrats have their own agenda. They corrupt our society through the schools, and all venues they control using most Hollywood actresses, adult school teachers, homosexual, transgender, abortion, promiscuous sex, pornography activists, and their lawyers, by decrees from Democrat Appointed Supreme Court Injustices, and Democrat Political Legislation.

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  5. columba January 11, 2017 at 1:48 pm

    Abbas is a fine one to talk about upsetting the peace, when he’s been sponsoring terror attacks against Israel from the beginning. He’s backed by the old PLO; he’s in a unity agreement with Hamas (which has vowed to destroy Israel and drive all Jews out of the land); and he’s in charge of all the anti-Israel, anti-Jewish, terror-inciting propaganda in PA schools and the media. Someone has to have the guts to stand up to him – and I certainly hope it’ll be Trump.

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      ltuser January 11, 2017 at 4:50 pm

      Of course ABBAs is a die hard PLO relick..

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  6. Srini Varadarajan January 11, 2017 at 2:42 pm

    Kerry commenting on Muddle East at all has multiple problems:
    #001. his 2004 campaign was endorsed by Abbas’ AIDS-dead predecessor — endorsement given due to his hate of Israel as well as America (Arafat personally ordered the 1973 murder of US Ambassador to Sudan Cleo Noel)
    #002. his comment that the move “would cause an explosion” implies that the Muddle East is quiet — when in reality, Douglas Haig had a quiter situation at the Somme
    #003. The two-state solution was actually designed in 1920 by Balfour — division of the Mandate along the Jordan River — to adjust for T.E. Lawrence’s giving-away what Allenby had hard-won to parties which had contributed diddly. That already gave nearly 80% for an Arab state.
    #004. Further to number 3, fakestinians prior to 1929 (when invented by Haj-amin Husseini to codify his extreme hate of Jews — proven further by his 1936-1945 arch-collaboration with Hitler, which is held as sacred by the fakestinians) had no more ties to the Western Mandate than Peruvians did prior to 1830 to Tarrant County, TX

    US Embassy should have been in Jerusalem donkeys-years ago (try 1948) and UN should be permanently exitted by US and Israel — and any/all vote-counting nations!

    Godspeed Trump, on this!

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    • porthos
      porthos January 11, 2017 at 4:35 pm

      I stand corrected as to the date of #003. My comment above was made before I read yours.

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  7. LLM the Ultimate January 11, 2017 at 3:38 pm

    At, this moment, a “two-state solution” is not possible as the Palestinians keep reacting with violence and anti-semitcism every time reasonable negotations are attempted.

    If Palestine actually cooperates with us, then at least give them East Jerusalem or allow them only to possess their holy sites.

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      ltuser January 11, 2017 at 4:52 pm

      As long as palestinians are not getting their way and ONLY their way, they will never cooperate..

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    • baitfish January 12, 2017 at 7:12 am

      Give them NOTHING and allow them to keep the cloths on their backs as the march out of Israel at bayonet point. Those not marching, to be run through with the bayonet.

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