Every six months since 1995, a U.S. president has signed a waiver delaying the move of the U.S. embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. Such a move would in effect recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. President Trump signed the waiver again because Netanyahu thinks a move now will hurt the peace process. That would be the peace process that is never going anywhere.
Press Secretary Sean Spicer said in a statement after the waiver was singed that Trump still plans to move the embassy, but it is now a question of when.
“While President Donald J. Trump signed the waiver under the Jerusalem Embassy Act and delayed moving the U.S. Embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, no one should consider this step to be in any way a retreat from the President’s strong support for Israel and for the United States-Israel alliance,” Spicer said. “President Trump made this decision to maximize the chances of successfully negotiating a deal between Israel and the Palestinians, fulfilling his solemn obligation to defend America’s national security interests. But, as he has repeatedly stated his intention to move the embassy, the question is not if that move happens, but only when.”
Netanyahu doesn’t want the U.S. to move the embassy because he thinks it will hurt the peace process.
“Moving the American Embassy to Jerusalem would not only not harm the peace process, rather the opposite. It would advance it by amending a historic wrong and by shattering the Palestinian fantasy that Jerusalem isn’t the capital of Israel,” Netanyahu said.
President Trump will do what Prime Minister Netanyahu wants on this issue.
Listen to this clip with a key Palestinian Authority leader and tell me how peace is possible. It’s a pipe dream. The only thing he will accept is the end of Israel. How can you negotiate with someone who thinks terrorists who kill innocents is a freedom fighter?
Listen to this for a summary of the history – it’s very worthwhile.