Trump’s Popularity Drops in Israel After Embassy Move Delayed

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“Contrary to media reports, President Trump has not yet made a decision on moving the USA embassy to Jerusalem, and doesn’t plan on making a decision on this issue until after his visit”, the official said.

U.S. President Donald Trump arrives at Joint Base Andrews outside Washington, U.S., after a day trip to Lynchburg, Virginia, May 13, 2017.

Trump’s security operation in Israel has been named “Operation Blue Shield”, and yesterday’s joint exercise focused on the various sites Trump will visit, aimed at reducing any potential risks to the high-level official and his entourage.

One possible factor: the absence of a firm decision as to whether he will move the USA embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, as promised.

Many in the global community do not consider any part of Jerusalem to be part of Israel, arguing that the city’s status must be determined through negotiations between Israelis and Palestinians.

Since the announcement of the president’s travel plans, there has been some speculation that he would use the occasion to fulfill his campaign promise to move the U.S. Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

Since taking office, Trump has backed away from his campaign pledge to move the embassy in a gesture to Israel, instead saying he’s still studying the issue. While Israel thinks of Jerusalem as its capital, the worldwide community does not honor this claim.

Trump intends to visit the Western Wall too, something past presidents have not done because of the political sensitivities. The area, captured by Israel in 1967, is not sovereign Israeli territory and Palestinians there are not Israeli citizens and do not have the right to vote. “We have a schedule, we have a plan and everything is going ahead, absolutely”, says Emmanuel Nahshon, spokesperson for the foreign ministry, speaking over the phone from Israel.

The decision by President Trump to share sensitive intelligence with the Russians that was provided by Israel has created another flap for the administration. President Trump will meet the President of the Palestinian Authority, Mahmoud Abbas, in Bethlehem and will urge Palestinian leaders to take productive steps toward peace.

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