T. Belman. To delay is to empower the enemies. Conversely, to fly in their faces and move it without hesitation, puts the “stakeholders” back on their heels. They must understand that they have no say in the matter. The US can place their embassy any where they want in Jerusalem, even the eastern part of Jerusalem. For the last 8 years, the Arabs have had a field day imposing their will on Israel regardless of their rights or their violation of Oslo. It is imperative that the tables be now reversed. But more important than moving the embassy is for the US to approve Israeli construction in Jerusalem and approve of the annexation of the settlement blocs. The US should also say unequivocally that the settlements are legal.
It bothers me that the Trump team now emphasizes that a settlement with the Palestinians can only come about through direct negotiations. These moves by Trump tie our hands and his. Negotiations gives too much power to the Palestinians. It gives them a veto on everything. Not acceptable.
If the US ignores their Arab allies and moves the Embassy, the Arabs will still need American support. These matters can and should be decoupled.
BY MICHAEL WILNER, JPOST 23 JANUARY 2017
Jordan, the Palestinian Authority and other Arab allies have warned the White House of severe repercussions should it proceed with the move.
Washington. Once committed to quickly moving America’s embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, the Trump administration is now expressing caution, promising only to review the matter extensively and in consultation with “stakeholders” in the conflict.
That deliberative process tracks closely with the policy evolutions of two prior presidents, Barack Obama and George W. Bush, who also campaigned on a pledge to move the embassy. Both ultimately reversed course while in their first terms office.
“If it were already a decision, then we wouldn’t be going through a process,” Sean Spicer, the new White House press secretary, said in his first press briefing on Monday. He declined to commit the administration to moving the embassy by the end of Trump’s term, four years from now. “His team is going to continue to consult with stakeholders as we get there.”
Jordan, the Palestinian Authority and other Arab allies have warned the White House of severe repercussions should it proceed with the move, including a review of bilateral relations with both the US and Israel. Arab states have also warned of an upsurge in violence should the embassy be relocated.
Trump’s campaign promise was unflinching: “We will move the American embassy to the eternal capital of the Jewish people, Jerusalem,” Trump told the American Israel Public Affairs Committee in March. He repeated that commitment at several subsequent campaign events.
“The Palestinians must come to the table knowing that the bond between the United States and Israel is absolutely, totally unbreakable,” he said.