President Trump has 3 weeks (CIDI)

November 8, 2017

From the desk of:
Mat Staver, President
Christians in Defense of Israel

President Donald Trump has promised to move the U.S. embassy to Jerusalem. Yet, he signed a six-month waiver on June 1, 2017 to delay the move. The second waiver deadline occurs on December 1, less than three weeks from now. Christians in Defense of Israel is calling on the President to authorize moving the Embassy! Click here to join in our call. Please see below — Mat.

Today a House Oversight and Government Reform panel met to discuss the relocation of the U.S. Embassy in Israel from Tel-Aviv to Jerusalem, Israel’s capital.

Several experts testified, including Ambassador John Bolton who endorsed the move and said, when questioned, the time to announce the move is “today.”

Bolton dismissed the objections of some who say moving the embassy, as required by law under the 1995 Jerusalem Embassy Act, would harm Israeli-Palestinian peace talks. In fact, he said, “shifting the Embassy would have an overall positive impact for U.S. diplomatic efforts.”

And he had no patience for those who—after 22 years–want to further delay the move. “Too often, in diplomatic speak, not now means not ever. We must reject that counsel and move the embassy to Israel’s capital city,” Bolton insisted.

Eugene Kontorovich of the Northwestern University School of Law warned America’s failure to place its embassy in Israel’s capital “undermines U.S. foreign policy and helps isolate Israel.” Caving to threats of an Arab uprising if the embassy is moved, he said will “reward threats of violence, and allow U.S. policy to be held hostage by terrorists and aspiring terrorists.”

+ + Mr. President, move the embassy!

In every country worldwide, the U.S. embassy is in the host nation’s capital. However, the U.S. embassy in Israel is in Tel Aviv, despite the Jerusalem Embassy Act of 1995 for one simple reason. Every U.S. president since the bill’s passage—Clinton, Bush, Obama, and now Trump—have exercised a waiver provision in the law which allows the president to delay the move on national security grounds.

It’s time for that to stop and for President Trump to make good on his own campaign promise to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and move the embassy! Right now my heart is stirred to double our efforts to push President Trump to finally move our U.S. embassy to Jerusalem, where it belongs.

If possible, I want to reach 100,000 signatures on the national “Move the U.S. Embassy” petition. Please stand with Israel today by clicking here or on the link below to sign:

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By signing the national “Move the U.S. Embassy” petition, you’ll send a strong, clear message to the Trump administration and leaders in Congress.

We delivered more than 56,000 petitions to the White House and congressional leaders in May. But now, we need your signature to help us reach the 100,000-petition threshold for delivery to the White House and Capitol Hill ahead of the December 1st deadline.

Thank you, in advance, for your support!

Mat Staver, President
Christians in Defense of Israel

P.S. Contrary to anti-Israel rhetoric, moving the U.S. Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem is the proper action for the U.S. to take. And, it does not undermine the Middle East peace process, according to expert testimonies given to Congress today.

As Rep. Mark Meadows (R-NC) reminded the committee, “December 1 is a critical date because we have another waiver. It would be a great message that this president could send on the 50th anniversary of re-unification that we go ahead and finally move the embassy to the eternal capital of Israel, Jerusalem.”

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