November 30, 2017

Trump administration considers moving U.S. embassy in Israel

Featuring Ilan Goldenberg

Source: NBC News

Journalist Vivian Salama

WASHINGTON — The Trump administration is considering moving the U.S. embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem ahead of a legislative deadline this week, a move that would carry serious national security implications and block any genuine revival of an Arab-Israeli peace plan.

Greenlighting such a plan would signal U.S. recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, infuriating Palestinians who claim the eastern sector of the city, captured by Israel in 1967, as their capital. Vice President Mike Pence confirmed in a speech this week that the administration is studying the issue.

The discussions come as Trump’s son-in-law and top adviser, Jared Kushner, and Middle East envoy Jason Greenblatt shuttle back and forth to the region looking to do what no other world leaders have been able to do — achieve lasting peace between the Israelis and Palestinians.

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  • Ilan Goldenberg

    Senior Fellow and Director, Middle East Security Program

    Ilan Goldenberg is Senior Fellow and Director of the Middle East Security Program at the Center for a New American Security. He is a foreign policy and defense expert with ext...