Schumer renews call for embassy move after Trump puts idea on hold

Cheryl Sanders
October 11, 2017

In an interview with former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee on the TBN program "Huckabee", Trump noted his administration was working on a plan for peace between the two sides.

Today, it was revealed that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is expected to approve the construction of 3,829 housing units in the West Bank for Israeli settlers over the course of the next week.

"If you really would like to give peace a chance, move the embassy to Jerusalem in order to make sure Jerusalem will never be divided and to make sure Jews and Arabs can live peacefully together", said Likud MK Tzipi Hotovely.

Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat said he was confident that Trump would nevertheless fulfill his pledge to move the embassy to Jerusalem.

"We must come together to be able to reach the peace that we all want", said Michal Froman, who was stabbed by a Palestinian in January 2016 while pregnant. Real peace will be when the world recognizes Jerusalem as the eternal capital of the Jewish people. The waiver must be signed every six months, and has been thus signed faithfully by every president who has served sine 1998, when the law required that the embassy move take place.

"This year is the fiftieth anniversary of the reunification of Jerusalem, yet with 2018 fast approaching, the USA still hasn't moved the embassy or made clear its commitment to Israel's capital", the New York Democrat said in a statement.

After getting into the Oval Office, Trump said he'd study the issue. "Moving the embassy as soon as possible would appropriately commemorate the fiftieth anniversary of Jerusalem's reunification and show the world that the USA definitively acknowledges Jerusalem as Israel's capital".

During the interview with Huckabee, Trump also called the Iran nuclear deal "terrible" but did not say whether or not he would pull the United States out of the agreement. "I don't think it is impossible, and I think it's something that can happen, and I'm not making any predictions".

The Women Wage Peace group was established after the latest Israeli-Palestinian war in 2014 which killed around 2,100 Palestinians, majority civilians.

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