Trump is "actively considering" how to follow through on his pledge to move the U.S. Embassy in Israel to Jerusalem, Vice President Pence said Tuesday, reopening a divisive question that puts the president at odds with military and diplomatic advisers and close allies.
Pence drew whoops and applause at an event marking the 70th anniversary of the United Nations vote paving the way for establishing the state of Israel when he contrasted the Trump administration's stance on the embassy to that of past U.S. administrations.
In 1995, Congress mandated that the embassy be relocated from Tel Aviv, the commercial hub of Israel, to Jerusalem, located in a disputed territory. Each president since has deferred the move, citing national security risks. Trump did the same in June, setting aside a campaign promise to immediately order the relocation. He acted, reluctantly, on advice from Cabinet heads, Jordanian King Abdullah II and others who argued the move could ignite violence among Palestinians and their supporters who claim part of Jerusalem as a future capital.
Trump faces another deadline on Friday to say what he will do about the embassy, and Pence's remark suggests the president may move ahead with a relocation plan. On June 1, Trump signed a waiver blocking the embassy move for six months. He faces another deadline on the waiver on Dec. 1. Pence did not mention the upcoming deadline, which comes about two weeks before he will visit Israel and deliver an address to the Knesset. Trump visited Israel in May.
I am sure Hamas will appreciate the easy target.
Maybe he can also station 200 Marines there with no ammo in their weapons.
Like old demented Ronny Raygun did in Lebanon.
Won't that be fun?
#2 | Posted by donnerboy I actually knew an individual who survived the attack on the Marine barracks bombing in Lebanon. Marines always have ammo. Just like we did in Iraq, we didn't have our weapons loaded in the FOB, but we always carried at least one mag.
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