U.S. in 'beginning stages' of talks on Jerusalem embassy move: spokesman


The White House said on Sunday that it is only in the early stages of talks to fulfill President Donald Trump’s pledge to move the U.S. embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, an action that would likely spark anger in the Arab world.

“We are at the very beginning stages of even discussing this subject,” White House spokesman Sean Spicer said in a statement. Aides said no announcement of an embassy move was imminent.

Washington’s embassy is in Tel Aviv, as are most foreign diplomatic posts. Israel calls Jerusalem its eternal capital, but Palestinians also lay claim to the city as part of an eventual Palestinian state. Both sides cite biblical, historical and political claims.

Trump, who vowed during the 2016 presidential campaign to move the embassy, was due to speak by phone on Sunday with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, their first call since the U.S. businessman-turned-politician took office on Friday.



This would be foolish and needlessly provocative.


Oh boy. I’m pro Israel but this is going to really stir the pot.


Yeah for all of Trump’s talk about America first this is a classic example of America last. I’m not sure what motivates Trump to do this. It certainly makes the neocons happy which is always a bad thing. My biggest fear is this will be something Trump actually accomplishes whereas all the good things he said he’d do will not get done.


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Jerusalem needs to be an open city. All three major religious groups hold it holy, keep it that way.


Aren’t the vast majority of the embassies to Israel located in Tel Aviv?




I don’t understand why moving it would be provocative to the Arabs.


He’s gonna do something really really stupid.


This is just asking for trouble.


They are in beginning stages…it is not a done deal yet.


I hope they do it. I just want to see what happens. This conflict over who owns the Holy Land has been going on for centuries. Perhaps it is finally time for things to come to a head.

Perhaps Trump is simply following his conscience. Then no one can say that he has done any wrong.


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