Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Trump pressing ahead with Israel embassy move: report

US President-elect Donald Trump's staff has informed allies that it is pressing ahead with plans to move the US embassy in Israel to Jerusalem, CNN reported on Tuesday, despite Palestinian warnings that such a move would torpedo chances for peace.

According to the report, Israeli officials believe the Trump administration, which will take office on January 20, could formally announce such a move as soon as May 24 – the date on which Jerusalem Day, an Israeli national holiday, falls this year.

The holiday will come days before the expiration of the traditional waiver blocking the move signed by President Barack Obama. Obama's two predecessors, George W. Bush and Bill Clinton, also signed such waivers following the passage of the Jerusalem Embassy Act of 1995.

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