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Archive for September 9, 2018

Newsline: Trump’s Israel embassy move irreversible

The US does not have any politicians on the horizon who would dare to reverse Donald Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and relocate American embassy there, according to the US ambassador. Donald Trump’s daring decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of the Jewish nation in December of last year sparked outrage among Palestinians and Arabs across the world. While previous US administrations had pondered the option of moving the embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, Trump relocated the mission in May – in a decision so bold that no American politician will be able to reverse it, according to US Ambassador to Israel David Friedman. “I really can’t see that happening, no matter what party is in control. In order for an administration to reverse this, they would have to conclude that Jerusalem is not the capital of Israel and Tel Aviv is. I think that would be a far more controversial thing to do than what the president did,” Friedman noted on Friday, just after Paraguay announced it will move its embassy from Jerusalem back to Tel Aviv.