Despite Euphoria, Trump to Delay Israel Embassy Move for at Least 6 Months


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President Trump is set to announce on Wednesday that the U.S. recognizes Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, in a break with long-standing U.S. policy that is likely to please almost no one while possibly inflaming tensions across the Middle East. But, Bloomberg reports, Trump is holding off on actually moving the U.S. embassy to Jerusalem for at least another six months by signing a waiver to keep the building in Tel Aviv.

Trump informed several Middle Eastern leaders, including Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas and Israel’s Benjamin Netanyahu, of his decision on Tuesday. He is expected to make a speech on Wednesday outlining the justification for it, such as there is one.

Leader after leader urged Trump to reconsider, warning that moving the embassy would halt an already-moribund peace process (unless you count Jared Kushner’s nascent efforts). Palestinians consider East Jerusalem, which was captured by Israel in the 1967 War, as their capital. Going beyond rhetoric and actually moving the embassy would likely spark violence among Palestinians and lead to serious regional repercussions.

Abbas warned that such a move would have “dangerous consequences,” and said he would enlist the pope and other world leaders to try to block Trump from going through with it.

King Abdullah II of Jordan also advised Trump against the move, saying in a statement that “the adoption of this resolution will have serious implications for security and stability in the Middle East.” Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that he would consider cutting off ties with Israel if Trump moves the embassy, and that “Jerusalem is a red line for Muslims.” Saudi Arabia, a staunch American ally, expressed its “deep concerns.”

Trump repeatedly promised to relocate the embassy to Jerusalem on the campaign trail, to the delight of Evangelical Christians and some right-wing Jews — though other presidential candidates have also made that promise, only to bow to political reality when the rubber hit the road. For now, Trump is following that trend by signing the six-month waiver that was a mainstay of his predecessors. But, at the least, he’s injecting his usual toxic mix of bluster and certainty into a region that doesn’t need any more of either.

  1. #1 by Gwaredd Thomas on 12/06/2017 - 9:34

    One has a tendency to get rather annoyed with all this bullshit. Trumps said this, the Jooz said that, and the Arabs say another thing. It’s enough to make one’s head spin. I’m at the point where I don’t really care anymore. 🤢

  2. #2 by roberthstiver on 12/06/2017 - 9:34

    “But, at the least, he’s injecting his usual toxic mix of bluster and certainty into a region that doesn’t need any more of either.” Amen, with emphasis on toxic and bluster. Decent reporting–thanks.

  3. #3 by Derek on 12/06/2017 - 9:34

    But is there not a danger in now delaying the move (again) – signing that Security Waiver it will provide the time necessary for Congress to fix the problem with sovereignty?

  4. #4 by Steve Gray on 12/07/2017 - 9:34

    I have received your daily Ugly Truth emails for quite some time and always look forward to them. Most often they are first class. After this latest debacle by the raving maniac, known to the world as Donald Trump, surely you are now prepared to at least consider the fact that this imbecile of a president is 100% Jew owned, (something which you usually choose to vehemently deny) and a total puppet of the ugly side of politics, the one and only monstrous Satanyahu.

    ed note–Puppet of the ugly side of politics? Definitely. Never claimed otherwise. Puppet of Netanyahu? No.

    Let’s go down the list of what Netanyahu wants from Trump but is not going to get–

    1. A US invasion/destruction of Syria
    2. A US invasion/destruction of Iran
    3. A US invasion/destruction of Yemen
    4. A US invasion/destruction of Lebanon
    5. A nuclear war with Russia
    6. Unlimited immigration so that Israeli-trained terrorists can enter the US and start blowing things up

    I could go on with a list as long as my arm of similar items, but have decided instead to list the more pressing items.

    So what in fact did Netanyahu ‘get’ with Trump’s recognition? Nothing. The US Embassy is staying right where it is. He got a check made out to him for a million dollars but which was not signed, and won’t be until Netanyahu caves in to Trump’s plans vis a vis the peace deal with the Palestinians. For now, all he got were words that in the end are going to be the screws which the president is going to use in squeezing cooperation out of Netanyahu.

  5. #5 by roberthstiver on 12/07/2017 - 9:34

    “…until Netanyahu caves in to Trump’s plans vis a vis the peace deal with the Palestinians. For now, all he got were words that in the end are going to be the screws which the president is going to use in squeezing cooperation out of Netanyahu.”

    Please explain how the means — the use of Greenblatt and Kushner (with Friedman as “ambassador” and Haley as another “ambassador”) — will achieve the end you predict with such confidence?

    We had Obama/Kerry using the Cheshire-cat-grinned Zionist Indyk. We had multi-POTUSes using the execrable Zionist Dennis Ross (who is still spewing his Ziofilth). How are Zionists Greenblatt and Kushner and Friedman, appointed by the chaotic monstrosity Trump, to produce justice and liberation and peace for the Palestinians?

    ed note–it is self-explanatory and in terms of grasping it, as easy as pouring water out of a boot with the directions on the heel, but nevertheless, for the sake of posterity, I’ll explain it.

    Trump just energized the largest voting base in America–the Christian evangelicals who are addicted to all things Israel like crack whores. Their numbers hover around the 90 MILLION mark. Furthermore, the current drive on the part of Judea,Inc to paint Trump as a coddler of neo-Nazis just blew up in Israel’s face. Kind of hard for them to make this case after his recognition.

    But the bigger issue is thus–when Trump makes his push for the peace deal, he is going to make demands–albeit very quietly and away from cameras and mics–for Israel to play ball, and when Israel starts screeching that he is ‘anti-Israel’ by pushing this peace deal, it is going to be a hard case to sell after his ‘recognition’. Doubtless Trump is going to maneuver the Palestinians into adopting a very reasonable, fair and rational approach to the peace negotiations while Netanyahu and co will be the ones who are painted as the irrational players in all of this, putting pressure on Israel and further alienating it.

  6. #6 by Kolo on 12/07/2017 - 9:34

    The game of chess continues….

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