President Trump Will Officially Announce Jerusalem As Capitol of Israel!
Senior administration officials told reporters that President Donald Trump is preparing to announce Wednesday that the United States recognizes Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.
The Politico reported:
…the specifics of the announcement are still in flux, adding that the White House is considering having Trump unveil the plan during a speech at the National Defense University in Washington.
The move, coupled with plans under consideration to eventually move the U.S. Embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, could complicate efforts by Trump’s son-in-law and adviser Jared Kushner to restart peace talks between the Israelis and the Palestinians.
Aides have said plans are still in flux and may change. The president had faced a Friday deadline under a 1995 law to issue a waiver allowing the embassy to remain in Tel Aviv, something presidents have routinely done since 1999.
Trump promised as a candidate to move the embassy, a longstanding concern of some American Jews and evangelical voters. He deferred taking such a step in June, signing a waiver in order to give Kushner time to work on his peace plan.
A White House spokesman said Thursday: “The president has always said it is a matter of when, not if. The president is still considering options and we have nothing to announce.”
It appears that Trump will continue to mull the embassy move, but it seems that official recognition of Jerusalem as the Capitol of Israel is a go, making this President the first to do so in the history of the United States.
Israel declared its independence as a sovereign nation in 1948 and shortly thereafter declared Jerusalem as its capital. When Israel was admitted to the United Nations in May 1949, a number of U.N. member nations recognized the new state, but simultaneously refused to recognize Jerusalem as its capital, citing various U.N. resolutions calling for an international status for the city.
As anti-Israel sentiment continued to grow in time, the U.N. Security Council adopted Resolution 478 in 1980, in direct response to Israel’s Jerusalem Law. This bill declared that Jerusalem being Israel’s “complete and united” capital is a violation of international law, and it called upon member states to withdraw their diplomatic missions from the city. Within weeks, 11 of the 13 states that had embassies in Jerusalem shut them down, and the last two were closed in 2006. Israel categorically rejected the resolution
The American response was slow, but in 1996, the U.S. Congress passed the Jerusalem Embassy Act Congress. In it, Congress recognized not only Jerusalem’s status as Israel’s permanent capital but specifically directed that the U.S. Embassy be moved from Tel-Aviv to Jerusalem, recognizing that Israel is the only nation on earth with which the U.S. has diplomatic relations but where the U.S. embassy is not located in that nation’s capital.
However, this act also provided the President with the ability to waive implementation of the law, which needed to be renewed semi-annually, on “national security” grounds.
Since, it was enacted, every President since the laws enacting have renewed it. Until now.
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