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Newsline: Trump vows to move US embassy to Jerusalem

Republican presidential frontrunner Donald Trump came out for the first time and echoed the promises of his rivals, Senators Ted Cruz (R-TX) and Marco Rubio (R-FL), by vowing to move the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. In an interview on The Brody File, a show on the Christian Broadcasting Network, the real estate mogul was asked if he agreed with Cruz and Rubio in their pledges to move the embassy if elected. “They want it in Jerusalem. Well I am for that 100%. We are for that 100%,” Trump said, in his first promise to have the embassy resituated in the 3,000-year-old capital of the Jewish people. Trump’s promise to move the embassy clashes with statements he made in December while speaking at the Republican Jewish Coalition, when he refused to rule out dividing Jerusalem as part of peace talks he said he plans to foist on Israel. Back in 1995 Congress passed a law obligating the US to move its embassy to Jerusalem, but it gave the president a waiver that each president since has exercised, citing unspecified national security interests.



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