Netanyahu Claims Embassy Move To Jerusalem Would 'Advance' Peace Process
- Author: Leroy Wright May 20, 2017,
May 20, 2017, 23:04
Israel has long pressed nations to move their embassies to Jerusalem; Palestinians, and much of the global community, view east Jerusalem as the capital of a future Palestinian state. "It will advance the process because of the correction of the historic injustice and the smashing of the Palestinian fantasy of Jerusalem not being the capital of Israel", it said.
The U.S. passed a law in 1995 mandating the relocation of its embassy, but since then every U.S. president has signed a six-month waiver delaying the move - citing concerns over national security. Trump would need to sign the waiver by June 1 to preserve the status quo.
"The president is being very careful to understand how such a decision would impact a peace process", Tillerson said, going on to suggest that Israel itself might be less than fully committed to a move, according to AFP news agency.
The president's Western Wall excursion, should it occur, would be "an innovation", Shlomo Slonim, professor emeritus of American history at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, told the Times of Israel.
The Palestinians want East Jerusalem as the capital of their future state, and Israel's allies have been reluctant to move their embassies.
The secretary of state also asserted any potential move would be based on feedback from all sides, including "whether Israel views it as helpful to a peace initiative or perhaps a distraction".
Adelson, who cut a $5 million check to President Donald Trump's inauguration, was miffed that Tillerson remained noncommittal about moving the embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem during his appearance on "Meet The Press" on Sunday.
It later annexed East Jerusalem, and in 1980, Israel unilaterally declared "reunited" Jerusalem as its capital.
One of the quotes reads, "The PM was asked about the embassy and explained [that moving it] would not lead to bloodshed in the region, as some were trying to intimidate [President Trump] into believing". No serving USA president has ever visited the Western Wall, because United States policy has been that the final status of Jerusalem has yet to be resolved in Israeli-Palestinian negotiations. He has already met with both Netanyahu and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas and will meet with the two leaders again during his first foreign trip at the end of this week, when he will depart for Saudi Arabia and Israel.