During the presidential campaign, notably at the American Israel Political Affairs Committee conference, then-presidential candidate Donald Trump pledged to move the American embassy in Israel from Tel-Aviv to Jerusalem.
This is something both Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama pledged to do, but failed to accomplish.
Now sworn into office, President Trump will have his first opportunity to work towards that goal when he meets with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
White House press secretary Sean Spicer announced during the daily briefing Monday that Netanyahu will be coming to the United States February 15.
Spicer says Netanyahu will visit on Feb. 15
— Kaitlan Collins (@kaitlancollins) January 30, 2017
— The Hill (@thehill) January 30, 2017
Netanyahu will be the second foreign leader to visit Trump as president after British Prime Minister Theresa May, who visited the White House last week. May also spoke at a Republican congressional retreat in Philadelphia.
Trump first made the pledge to move the embassy before AIPAC last March.
“We will move the U.S. embassy to the eternal capital of the Jewish people, Jerusalem,” Trump said. “I love the people in this room, I love Israel.”
Trump recently told CBN’s David Brody that a decision on the matter should be reached soon.
We’re studying it very long and hard,” Trump said. “You know it’s a very big decision, because every president for the last number of presidents, they’ve come in and they were going to do it, and then all of sudden they decided they don’t want to get involved.
“It’s a big, big decision but we’re studying the issue right now; I’ve always liked the concept of doing it, I will tell you that, and I’ll have a decision in the not-too-distant future,” Trump said.
For his part, Netanyahu said he is looking forward to discussing with Trump tighter sanctions on Iran:
בפגישתי הקרובה עם הנשיא טראמפ אני מתכוון להעלות את חידוש הסנקציות נגד איראן בהקשר זה ובהקשרים אחרים. אסור שהתוקפנות האיראנית תישאר ללא מענה
— Benjamin Netanyahu (@netanyahu) January 30, 2017
Source: Washington Free Beacon