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Newsline: Moving US Embassy in Israel to Jerusalem a priority

A senior aide to US President-elect Donald Trump said Monday that moving the US Embassy in Israel to Jerusalem would be a major focus for Trump. “That is very big priority for this president-elect,” said Kellyanne Conway, former Trump campaign manager, in a radio interview. “He made it very clear during the campaign, and as president-elect, I’ve heard him repeat it several times privately, if not publicly.” Despite the passage of the Jerusalem Embassy Act of 1995 by the US Congress, which required the relocation of US Embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, former and current US presidents, including George W. Bush, Bill Clinton and Barack Obama, consistently renewed a presidential waiver to delay the relocation on national security interests. The status of Jerusalem remains one of the core issues in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. So far, the international community does not recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and not a single foreign country has based their embassies in Jerusalem. So far, no comment from the Palestinian side available on the remarks.



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