Reversing President Trump’s decision on the move from Tel Aviv “would not make sense,” his top foreign policy adviser said.
The U.S. Embassy branch in Tel Aviv decorated its building with rainbow banners for the city’s Pride parade, ignoring a Trump administration ban.
“The permits that I signed yesterday…are another stage in establishing and setting the role of the embassy in Israel’s capital,” Nir Barkat said.
Protests could still take place later, following the funerals.
“The Ambassador asked, ‘Are you sure you know how to pull the cord?’ I said I’ve been doing this in Temple my whole life.”
More than 500 are injured.
Reneging on his campaign promise, Trump will postpone relocating the U.S. embassy in Israel to Jerusalem for at least six months.
David Friedman, sworn in last week as the new U.S. ambassador to Israel, has made his first staff pick, and it’s as surprising as the ambassador himself.
Vice President Mike Pence’s promise that President Trump is “giving serious consideration” to the idea of relocating the U.S. embassy in Israel to Jerusalem won applauds from the AIPAC audience Sunday night, but the wording didn’t fool veteran Middle East watchers.
Jewish activists are eager to see President Donald Trump make good on his promise to move the United States embassy to Israel’s capital, Jerusalem. But his administration has put the move on the back burner even as it has been quick to take other dramatic actions relating to trade and healthcare.