Trump's Popularity Drops in Israel After Embassy Move Delayed

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Trump's Popularity Drops in Israel After Embassy Move Delayed

Pollster Smith Research measured the answers of 500 adult Israeli Jews and found that Trump will have to work hard to persuade nearly half of the country's population that he has their interests at heart. After all, Presidents Bill Clinton, George W. Bush and Barack Obama did the same thing every six months, starting in 1998, to postpone the implementation of the Jerusalem Embassy Act on the grounds of "national security interests".

"There is a majority in the Israeli parliament and in the Israeli public that support not only the vague idea of two states for two peoples, but really decision-making", she said.

Trump has placed a high priority on trying to broker a peace accord between Israelis and Palestinians.

"People are exposed to it and it raises suspicion", he continues.

"I think most Israelis and the prime minister as well see President Trump as a welcome change to the previous USA administration, especially with regards to the basic entity of Israel and with regards to security and other matters", said Zalman Shoval, a former Israeli ambassador to the United States and onetime adviser to Netanyahu.

President Donald Trump promised to be a better friend to Israel than Barack Obama was, but as the new US president prepares to visit Israel, frustrations that soured U.S.

Hagee added, "The Jewish state has the right to determine where it would place its capital, and it has chosen Jerusalem".

Since taking office, however, Trump has shifted tack, urging Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to "hold back" on settlements, and praising Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas at a White House meeting this month, part of an effort to bring the sides together and launch another attempt at Middle East peace.

But in recent weeks the mood has since soured.

President Donald Trump initially said he wanted to move the US embassy to Jerusalem from Tel Aviv, now Israel's recognized capital.

Such a decision, Arab leaders say, would inflame the Arab street and could lead to an increase in extremism. While Israelis call Jerusalem their "indivisible capital", Palestinians want the capital of any future state in the east of the city.

The map angered Israeli officials, and likely also alienated Palestinians for listing Trump's schedule in both West Jerusalem and the occupied West Bank as under the heading "Israel".

President Donald Trump's popularity among Israel's Jews has fallen dramatically since his inauguration in January.

According to the official quoted on Bloomberg News, the USA administration considers its discussions with both the Israeli government and the Palestinian Authority to be promising, with the Palestinians in particular agreeing to talk without preconditions.

Israeli officials know little of the intentions of Trump's advisers. But the administration's preparations for the trip have tempered Israeli excitement around his visit. He has set aside 15 minutes for the visit, unlike previous presidents who spent an hour or more at the site.

Suprisingly, however, one USA diplomat in the president's advance team told his Israeli counterparts that the Western Wall "is not yours", that it is in the West Bank. "We've always thought the Western Wall was part of Israel". "The Palestinian population concentrations are excluded, that along with the policy of slow expulsion".

"That's the creation of a Greater Israel which is slowly incorporating into much of the West Bank as Israel finds useful and important, not just settlements, but also a vast infrastructure projects", explained Chomsky. Moving the American Embassy to Jerusalem would not harm the peace process.

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