US officials said to slam Bennett for pressure over embassy move

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  1. Chris

    Chris Administrator Staff Member

    US officials said to slam Bennett for pressure over embassy move
    Unnamed officials reportedly say Jewish Home leader’s public statements buried the chances of the relocation
    By Times of Israel staff May 18, 2017, 11:47 pm
    MK Naftali Bennett speaks at the Times of Israel office in Jerusalem, January 9, 2017. (Luke Tress/Times of Israel)

    US officials are reportedly very unhappy with Education Minister and Jewish Home party leader Naftali Bennett, saying he is primarily responsible for US President Donald Trump’s decision to postpone moving the US Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. Bennett’s vocal opposition to Trump’s efforts to revive the long-dormant Israeli-Palestinian peace talks sank all chances of the US president fulfilling his campaign promise, Channel 2 reported on Thursday.

    Israeli officials who spoke with the US team heard them express their anger and frustration at the statements of various ministers, especially Bennett, against the initiatives Trump is trying to bring to fruition. One of Trump’s advisers told the Israeli team, “If there is one person who buried the chances of moving the embassy it is Naftali Bennett,” the report said.

    Bennett last week said that “any agreement based on dividing Jerusalem is doomed to fail.” He also told Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to demand that the White House move the embassy.

    “That’s not what we had expected from Israel in reference to an ally who always stands by [Israel’s] side, particularly this friendly administration,” sources close to the president were quoted saying. “Apparently some of the ministers don’t understand the sensitivity of the situation with regard to the embassy.” Bennett responded to the allegations, saying that his task is to serve Israel, not the Trump administration.

    “Bennett welcomes Trump on his first visit to Israel,” a spokesperson for the minister said. “However, at the same time he protects Israel’s security and guards its policies.”

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  2. DanLMP

    DanLMP Well-Known Member

    Frankly, that's just an excuse for what they had independently decided to do already.
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  3. Chris

    Chris Administrator Staff Member

    I'm afraid you are right. But it is still early in the presidency so hopefully Trump will follow through with what he said he was going to do. I think if he moved the embassy he would lose what influence he had to try to make a deal. So, he is putting off to see what happens towards a deal. Another article said Trump figured about a year to make a deal. :rolleyes
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  4. daygo

    daygo Well-Known Member

    We'll know in 3 or 4 weeks.
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  5. Timna

    Timna Well-Known Member

    Yes, and they continued to, basically, lie about not having made a final embassy move decision, to insure that "Israeli resistance" to that upcoming movement decision couldn't reach critical mass, thereby causing Trump some political grief. A political shell game.
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  6. Andrew

    Andrew Well known member

    Sadly, I think you are correct.
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