White House press secretary Spicer says President Trump has yet to make a decision on relocating the embassy to Jerusalem now, but a report in Israel indicated that Trump had decided and that the U.S. Embassy would remain in Tel Aviv, at least for the upcoming 6 months.
By Elad Benari
White House press secretary Sean Spicer said on Tuesday that President Donald Trump has yet to reach a decision on whether or not to move the U.S. embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, Haaretz reported.
Trump only has one day left to make a decision, before he will have to either sign or not sign a presidential waiver that will delay the implementation of a 1995 decision by Congress to move the embassy. Continue Reading »
As the Trump administration continues to mull over its embassy move, it appears Ambassador Friedman will be working and entertaining official guests in the Jewish capital, not the US Embassy in Tel Aviv has been customary.
By Orly Harari
As the Trump administration continues to weigh a possible move of the US embassy from Tel Aviv to the Israeli capital of Jerusalem, newly-sworn in Ambassador to Israel David Friedman is settling into his new job – and looking for a new house.
While the Ambassador already owns a private residence in Jerusalem’s Talbiya neighborhood, State Department officials ruled out his request to work out of the home, saying that it does not meet the logistical requirements necessary for the Ambassador’s office or residence, where foreign officials are received for official events. Continue Reading »
Previous threats of violence from Palestinian and Jordanian leaders have not stopped moving the embassy, but could spark violence in Israel and the Palestinian territories, as a way the Palestinian leadership maintains the status quo.
An official United States delegation led by Congressman Ron DeSantis (R-FL) is briefly visiting Israel on Saturday and Sunday to study the possibility of relocating the American embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.
“The delegation is in Jerusalem to learn first hand what it will mean to move the US Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem,” said Ruth Lieberman, a friend of DeSantis and a political advisor in Israel. Continue Reading »
Not to be ignored by the press while Israeli PM meets with Trump, Palestinian officials leak news of ‘secret meeting’ between PA autocrat Abbas and CIA Director Mike Pompeo. • Abbas reportedly warns Pompeo that moving their Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem could prompt violence.
By Daniel Siryoti
CIA Director Mike Pompeo met with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas in Ramallah on Tuesday, in the presence of Palestinian intelligence chief Majid Faraj, the Palestinian Maan news agency reported.
While the meeting was intended to be secret, Palestinian officials leaked news of it to media outlets in the West Bank ahead of the meeting Wednesday between U.S. Continue Reading »
Sky News Arabic reported on Tuesday, that Morocco’s King Mohammed VI warned the U.S. that moving their embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem would have “grave repercussions on security & peace” in the region and “the entire world.”
Relocating the embassy “would undermine efforts for the just settlement of the Palestinian issue, as well as result in disastrous repercussions on security and peace in the Middle East region and the entire world,” the King’s message said, according to the report.
The King also wrote a letter to Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, said Sky News, in which he vowed that Morocco holds a “deep belief in justice for the Palestinian cause and that what they have done to the city of Jerusalem is of utmost importance.” Continue Reading »
Former NY mayor notes Trump administration finds embassy move far more complex, needing more counsel before making final decision. – Giuliani said POTUS’ no-comment on Israel’s settlement construction announcements demonstrate a stark ideological difference to Obama’s immediate public condemnations.
Former New York mayor Rudy Giuliani, who has long supported moving the US embassy to Jerusalem and is an advisor to US President Donald Trump, told The Jerusalem Post on Wednesday that he believes the issue “is under active consideration.”
He stepped back, however, from saying whether or not it will happen. “That is something that the president will have to decide. Continue Reading »
Asked about moving embassy to Jerusalem, White House Press Secretary tells reporters, “There’s no decision…We’re at the very early stages of that decision-making process.”
The Trump administration has yet to decide on when to move the US Embassy to Jerusalem, its spokesman said.
On Monday, Sean Spicer, in his first Q&A with reporters as White House press secretary, said that President Donald Trump had not yet made a decision about the embassy move.
“There’s no decision,” Spicer said when he was asked about whether the administration had considered the strategic consequences of a move. “We’re at the very early stages of that decision-making process.” Continue Reading »
Although furious that the new US Ambassador plans to live in Jerusalem, the Palestinians hint at global terrorism should President Trump keep his promise to relocate American Embassy to Israel’s capital.
By Israel Today Staff
The new US Ambassador to Israel under President Donald Trump will reside and work in Jerusalem, even if the embassy is still officially in Tel Aviv.
David Friedman is yet to receive Senate approval for his new posting, but has already confirmed that he’ll spend most of his time in Israel’s real capital.
Contrary to previous US administration’s opinion, Jerusalem is not a ‘settlement’…but the eternal capital of Israel.
Mahmoud Abbas traveled to Amman Jordan to meet with Jordan’s King Abdullah II on Sunday to coordinate a strategy against Trump’s decision to relocate the US Embassy from Tel Aviv to Israel’s capital, Jerusalem.
BY ADAM RASGON
“Abbas and King Abdullah II discussed the possible ramifications of moving the American Embassy to occupied Jerusalem and agreed to take a number of measures if the embassy is relocated,” Wafa, the official PA news site, reported Sunday afternoon.
King Abdullah II of Jordan (L), and Abbas, self-proclaimed President for Life of the Palestinian Authority (R)
The Palestinian leadership launched a campaign two weeks ago to appeal to the world against the possible relocation of the US Embassy. Continue Reading »
Senators Marco Rubio, Ted Cruz and Dean Heller sponsor new legislation, the “Jerusalem Embassy and Recognition Act” to relocate US Embassy from Tel Aviv to Israel’s capital. • Sen. Marco Rubio: “Jerusalem is the eternal capital of the Jewish State of Israel, and that’s where America’s Embassy belongs.”
By Yoni Hersch, News Agencies & Israel Hayom Staff
Three Republican senators on Tuesday introduced legislation that would move the U.S. Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, a break from previous U.S. policy that would effectively recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.
Senators (l-r) Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio and Dean Heller – Wikimedia Commons
As Palestinian leaders have been threatening the US with global “chaos, lawlessness & extremism” should the President-elect relocate the US Embassy to the Jewish Capital, a cross-section of Palestinians expressed overwhelming apathy, while left-wing Jerusalem bureaucrats are unimpressed with Trump, or his policy.
While much of the world expresses outrage that the US Embassy may relocate to Jerusalem under President-elect Donald Trump’s incoming administration, a cross-section of Palestinians outside the Old City’s Damascus Gate on Wednesday expressed overwhelming apathy.
Embassy of the United States in Tel Aviv, Israel – Wikimedia Commons
Indeed, more than two dozen Arab passersby of all ages entering or exiting the once volatile east Jerusalem entrance either said they were unaware of the proposal or simply did not care. Continue Reading »
US demands clarification as to whether the drone used by Israeli researchers, that Agricultural Minister Uri Ariel gave Russian PM Medvedev as a present, contained American technology.
By Itamar Eichner
An American official from the US Embassy in Israel has commented for the first time since Minister of Agriculture Uri Ariel gave Russian Prime Minister Dmitri Medvedev a drone as a gift worth 200,000 shekels which was being used by researchers at the Agricultural Research Organization, Volcani Center.
“The US demands information from the Israeli authorities in order to determine whether there was American technology in the drone,” the official said days after Uriel’s humiliating and potentially consequential blunder. Continue Reading »
Russian news quoted the Palestinian UN ambassador as saying moving US Embassy to Jerusalem would be in violation of int’l law and U.N. resolutions, and should Trump follow through, the Palestinian Authority would “unleash all diplomatic weapons” and “make life miserable for the White House.”
The Palestinian Authority on Sunday vowed to “unleash all diplomatic weapons” at its disposal to prevent President-elect Donald Trump’s administration from meeting its campaign promise to move the U.S. Embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.
Israel’s Knesset in Jerusalem, capital of the Jewish State – Photo: IsraelandStuff/PP
Although some US states have recently passed legislation against the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement against Israel, the US embassy had this to say after being made aware their holiday baskets had a Cabernet Sauvignon from the Zion Winery in Mishor Adumim: “We would not have included the wine had we known that it was from the settlements.”
Following its expressed regret Monday for putting wine from over the Green Line into gift baskets it sent out for the holiday, the US Embassy was noncommittal Tuesday when asked whether it has a policy of not purchasing products from east Jerusalem, the West Bank or the Golan Heights. Continue Reading »
The Israel-America Chamber of Commerce member Tsvi Kan-Tor says, “Waiving the requirement to go to the embassy makes things significantly easier for Israelis seeking visas, who had been forced to wait long periods to make an appointment.”
By Ilan Gattegno & Shlomo Cesana
The U.S. Embassy recently announced that it is waiving the requirement for Israelis above the age of 14 to renew their U.S. visitor visas in person.
Israelis wait in line outside the U.S. Embassy in Tel Aviv – Photo: Yehoshua Yosef
Applicants will now be able to go through the renewal process by sending the required forms via registered mail.
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