Source: Trump Affirming Israeli Territory Claims, Guaranteed to Anger UN

Source Trump Affirming Israeli Territory Claims Guaranteed to Anger UN

President Donald Trump has continued to honor his commitment to work closely with Israel and make decisions that benefit our strongest ally in the Middle East.

According to Newsmax, Trump is considering an announcement next week that would have the United States officially recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, a move that would undoubtedly infuriate the anti-Israel United Nations.

As part of officially recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, the Trump administration is weighing options to move its embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. On Monday, Trump is expected to sign a waiver that would keep the embassy in Tel Aviv for the next six months, according to CNN, but what happens after that will depend on whether the announcement on Jerusalem takes place.

Newsmax reported that officials familiar with the situation said that Trump spoke with several of his top national security advisers Monday.

Sources said he was supposed to only speak with the advisers for 15 to 20 minutes, but that the meeting ended up lasting at least an hour.

The White House is also reportedly considering having Trump give a presidential speech or live statement next week on what would be a historic move for the U.S. and Israel.

Sources said the idea of Vice President Mike Pence making the announcement during his trip to Israel in mid-December has also been considered.

On Wednesday, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders told the media that reports suggesting Trump was planning to order an embassy move were “premature.”

State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert said Thursday that, “No decision on this matter has been made yet,” but she didn’t deny that the announcement could come next week.

As noted by Newsmax, “Under U.S. law signed by President Bill Clinton in 1995, the U.S. must relocate its embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem unless the president waives the requirement on national security grounds, something required every six months. If the waiver isn’t signed and the embassy doesn’t move, the State Department would lose half its funding for its facilities and their security around the world.”

With that in mind, some have been warning Trump about using the idea of moving the embassy to Jerusalem as a bargaining chip in negotiating a peace deal between Israel and Palestine.

Secretary of Defense James Mattis and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson have warned that moving the embassy to Jerusalem could inflame tensions in Muslim nations throughout the Middle East, thereby putting Americans at risk who are stationed in embassies in those countries.

But Trump isn’t worried about hurting anyone’s feelings.

Should Trump move the embassy to Jerusalem, several members of the U.N. Security Council would likely throw a temper tantrum. As recently as December 2016, the Security Council passed a resolution — with the acquiescence of the Obama administration — that declared East Jerusalem a territory occupied by Israel, rather than part of the country of Israel itself.

Moving the embassy to Jerusalem would not only fulfill a major campaign promise for Trump, it would also strengthen the United States’ already strong relationship with the Jewish state.

While former President Barack Obama spent eight years trashing and working against the United States’ strongest ally in the Middle East, Trump is making unprecedented moves to help the country.

Israel has learned that it now has a true friend in the White House, and this historic move by Trump would solidify Israel’s position as owner and ruler of the holy city.

It would send a clear message that the U.S. stands with Israel.

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