TRUMP WAVERS: Delays embassy move (CIDI)

June 1, 2017
From the desk of:
Mat Staver, President
Christians in Defense of IsraelEarlier today, President Trump signed a waiver that further delays moving the U.S. Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. He joined three former U.S. president’s in failing to fully implement the Jerusalem Embassy Act of 1995, which called for the move from Tel Aviv no later than May 31, 1999.

It’s been nearly 22 years since that act became law, and for more than 18 years now, president after president has failed to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s rightful and eternal capital city by moving American embassy there!

I am angered and deeply disappointed, as perhaps you are, that Mr. Trump broke a very clear and often-repeated campaign promise to his voters. A few hours ago, the White House issued a weakly worded defense of the President’s decision not to stand with Israel by signing the waiver:

“(N)o one should consider this step to be in any way a retreat from the President’s strong support for Israel and for the United States-Israel alliance. President Trump made this decision to maximize the chances of successfully negotiating a deal between Israel and the Palestinians, fulfilling his solemn obligation to defend America’s national security interests. But, as he has repeatedly stated his intention to move the embassy, the question is not if that move happens, but only when.”

Even if Mr. Trump’s decision to sign the waiver wasn’t a “retreat,” it certainly wasn’t a step forward in the U.S.-Israel alliance. The plain fact is that keeping the embassy in Tel Aviv has not brought peace in 50 years — and will not advance peace in the future. Instead, the President’s action to postpone the move signals weakness and will actually embolden terrorists to attack Israel.

+ + Netanyahu: Waiver Helps “Keep Alive The Palestinian Fantasy”

Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu issued his own statement today disputing the White House claim that signing the waiver increases the chances of a Middle East peace deal:

“Israel’s consistent position is that the American embassy, like the embassies of all countries with whom we have diplomatic relations, should be in Jerusalem, our eternal capital. Maintaining embassies outside the capital drives peace further away by helping keep alive the Palestinian fantasy that the Jewish people and the Jewish state have no connection to Jerusalem.”

In the wake of the President’s very troubling action, Christians in Defense of Israel (CIDI) is doubling our efforts 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 instantly:

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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 on May 22. But now, we need your signature to help us reach the 100,000-petition threshold for our next delivery to the White House and Capitol Hill.

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Your financial support helps us advance important pro-Israel initiatives and will be used for our ongoing information campaign to call on President Trump to move the embassy. You’ll also help us continue educating and equipping American Christians to stand with Israel. It’s only because of friends like you that our pro-Israel voice can be heard loudly and clearly. Click here to help now.

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Mat Staver, President
Christians in Defense of Israel

P.S. On Tuesday, a legal scholar wrote in The Washington Post that not signing the waiver would be a political win for the President: “Non-waiver would be a wise tactical move for Trump. If he signs a waiver, he is certain to face deep pushback from his base at a time he needs its support the most. … But if Trump simply does nothing, he gets a clear and easy win on a campaign plank at a time when his agenda seems to have gotten bogged down.” Yet, the President signed it anyway. Please help us reach our 100,000-signature goal by instantly adding your name to the national “Move the U.S. Embassy” petition. Go here:

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Or click here to read and manually sign the petition.

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