When Will President Trump Move the Embassy?

Jun 1, 2017

WASHINGTON – President Trump signed the Jerusalem Embassy Act of 1995 six-month waiver, which continues to delay the move of the U.S. Embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. So, the question is when will the President fulfill his promise to move the Embassy?

For nearly 70 years, the U.S. Embassy has been based in Tel Aviv. When Jerusalem was unified under control of Israel in 1967, the Embassy should have been moved to the capital. On October 23, 1995, Congress passed the Jerusalem Embassy Act of 1995, recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and requiring the U.S. Embassy to be moved there by May 31, 1999. Yet every president since 1995, including now Donald Trump, has signed the waiver enabling them to certify, every six months, to leave the Embassy in Tel Aviv, as stipulated in the Jerusalem Embassy Act.

Obama signed his final waiver of the Jerusalem Embassy Act on December 1, 2016. President Trump’s deadline to sign the waiver was midnight tonight. He has now signed that waiver.

Press Secretary Sean Spicer insisted that President Trump has not waivered on his pledge to move the Embassy, saying it is “not a matter of if, but when.”

“President Trump must keep his promise to move the Embassy to Jerusalem, the capital of Israel,” said Mat Staver, Founder and Chairman of Liberty Counsel, President of Christians in Defense of Israel, and Founder and Chairman of Covenant Journey.  

“Jerusalem has been unified for 50 years and the Embassy has remained in Tel Aviv. Fifty years of keeping the Embassy outside the capital of Jerusalem has not brought peace. Not moving the Embassy to Jerusalem when President Trump promised he would move it will be seen as a sign of weakness among the enemies of Israel. It is time to move the Embassy to Jerusalem. Fulfill your promise to move the Embassy to Jerusalem during the 50th anniversary of a united Jerusalem,” said Staver.

Liberty Counsel is an international litigation, education, and policy organization. Liberty Counsel has a number of affiliated ministries, including Christians in Defense of Israel and Covenant Journey, a program that provides a life-changing experience in Israel for Christian college-age students who have leadership potential. Find out more at www.LC.org and www.CovenantJourney.org.