In 1995, Congress passed a bill mandating that the US Embassy in Israel be moved from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, the capital city of Israel. But that bill carried a caveat. Every 6 months, the President may sign a waiver, postponing the move of the embassy if circumstances are such that it might be detrimental to foreign policy.
Thus, every 6 months since 1995, American Presidents have postponed moving the embassy, primarily due to pressure from the Palestinians. (Supposedly, it would hinder efforts establishing a peace agreement.)
I have one question….if we have failed to arbitrate peace between Israel and the Palestinians for over 20 years, do we really think it is going to happen? (In peace talks, Israel has offered as much as 97% of all Palestinian demands, yet the Palestinians say “No.” For them, it is all-or-none!)
Having said that, here is my response to those who ask what I think about the embassy issue: While I wholeheartedly agree that the embassy should be moved to Jerusalem, I also believe there are much bigger fish to fry when it comes to Israel and the Middle East. In these days of electronic communication, I don’t think the mere geographical location is as crucial as it once was in terms of our ability to communicate with the Israeli government.
When it comes to moving the embassy, I think the greater issue is the need for America to stand up to the Palestinians and their supporters to say, “Enough is enough! We’ve made more than enough effort to assist in accomplishing a peace deal, yet there is no cooperation.”
So, the bottom line is that I would love to see President Trump move the embassy. However, I would much rather see the US take a stand in the Middle East and return to a position of authority and respect.
I have a gut feeling neither will ever happen…