Monday, January 23, 2017

Trump to Move US Israeli Embassy to Jerusalem; Invites Israeli PM to DC to Better US-Israel Ties

In an action that will likely spark hostile anger in the Arab world, President Donald Trump said yesterday he still plans to fulfill his campaign pledge to move the U.S. embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, the Reuters website reports today (January 23, 2017).

Washington's Israeli embassy is now in Tel Aviv, as are most foreign diplomatic posts.

Israel calls Jerusalem its eternal capital, but Palestinians also lay claim to the city as part of an eventual Palestinian state.

The U.S. Congress passed a law in 1995 describing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and saying it should not be divided. Yesterday, President Trump invited Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to visit Washington in early February to strengthen U.S.-Israel relations, including the American embassy move.

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