President Donald Trump will make a speech at 1:00 p.m. Wednesday in which he is expected to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and begin the process of moving the U.S. embassy from Tel Aviv to the holy city.
His decision, not yet even formally declared, is reportedly already having consequences and moving other nations to follow America’s lead in recognizing Israel’s declared capital.
#BREAKING: Israeli officials say that due to Trump statement "Several countries – the #Philippines & eastern european countries – have shown intrest in moving their embassy to #Jerusalem" – @gilicohen10 https://t.co/Zf02kojXGM
— Amichai Stein (@AmichaiStein1) December 6, 2017
Recognizing Jerusalem would be in accordance with a 1995 law signed by President Bill Clinton that formally recognized Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and mandated that the embassy be relocated there no later than 1999. However, the law allows the president to issue a waiver every six months to keep the embassy in Tel Aviv if the president deems it necessary to protect national security interests.
Each president since Clinton has signed the waiver every six months, including President Trump six months ago. Now, Trump is expected to end this long-standing policy and follow the law.
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