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US Congress Committee to Discuss Embassy Transfer to Jerusalem

US Congress Committee to Discuss Embassy Transfer to Jerusalem

Tuesday, 7 November, 2017 - 09:30
US Embassy in Tel Aviv. (REUTERS)

Israeli sources in Tel Aviv revealed that the Subcommittee on Security Affairs in the US Congress would hold a special session on Wednesday to discuss the transfer of the American Embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, in accordance with a promise made by President Donald Trump during his presidential campaign.

According to Israeli political sources, discussions are initiated by members of the Republican Party, known for their relations with the Israeli and American right movements.

The Israeli right will send a “senior expert” on the subject, former director general of the Israeli Foreign Ministry, who served as a senior advisor to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Prof. Dore Gold, who is currently the head of the Jerusalem Center for Citizen and Public Affairs

Gold will present his position in a lecture entitled: “Moving the US Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem: Opportunities and Risks.”

Former US Ambassador to Israel, John Bolton, who also served as a permanent representative of the United States to the United Nations, will also participate in the meeting. He was known for his radical positions against Palestinians.

Last June, Trump decided not to transfer the embassy to Jerusalem to prevent hampering efforts to move the peace process forward.

Netanyahu described the decision as “disappointing”, saying that the continued presence of foreign embassies outside Jerusalem “distanced peace and contributed to the revival of the Palestinian illusion that the Jewish people had nothing to do with Jerusalem.” He reiterated Israel's firm position that the US Embassy and other foreign embassies should be located inside Jerusalem, “our eternal capital”. Since then, the Israeli right has tried to coordinate and cooperate with the American Republican party to push for the implementation of Trump’s electoral promise.

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