An Israeli news outlet confirmed Monday that officials from the nation’s foreign ministry had begun scouring Jerusalem in search of the perfect location for the potential relocation of the U.S. embassy from Tel Aviv.
As reported by The Jerusalem Post, officials were performing this search at the request of U.S. President-elect Donald Trump’s transition team, which had signaled that moving the embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem was a “very big priority.”
Speaking earlier that day with conservative talk radio host Hugh Hewitt, Trump’s senior adviser Kellyanne Conway laid out the reasoning behind this desired change in location.
“It’s something that our friend in Israel, a great friend in the Middle East, Israel, would appreciate and something that a lot of Jewish Americans also have expressed their preference for,” she said, adding as well that Trump himself had promised numerous times during the presidential election that he wanted to move to occur.
It helped too that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu wholly supported the move.
“Regarding the idea of opening the U.S. embassy to Jerusalem, I will respond to this in one word: ‘Great,’” he remarked Tuesday, according to Ynetnews.
But not everyone was pleased. Not surprisingly, Palestinians found fault with it. Especially critical of the move was Maen Rashid Areikat, the chief representative of the Palestine Liberation Organization in the U.S.
“We expect the incoming administration and the president-elect to understand the sensitivity of the issue of Jerusalem and to understand that Jerusalem hasn’t been recognized by any administration, Republican or Democrat, as the capital,” he told The Wall Street Journal.
His point about Jerusalem was admittedly valid, as President Barack Obama’s administration and those preceding it had refused to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. With Trump on his way in, this was presumably about to finally change, unless of course he were to renege on his promise, which diplomat Dennis Ross feared he might do.
“Every other candidate made the promise but did not act on it because of being told it would inflame opinion throughout the Arab world and potentially trigger violent demonstrations against our embassies,” warned Ross, who had previously served under former Presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush.
Considering that Trump had been the most unconventional presidential nominee in American history, however, it only seemed fair to assume that he would be an unconventional president as well — one willing to finally recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.
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