“With the very real possibility that President-elect Trump may be serious about moving the embassy once he takes office, we no longer have the luxury of leaving the ramifications of such a move unexplored and unstated. Rather, it is imperative that we take a hard look at questions surrounding a possible transfer of the U.S. embassy to Jerusalem, the likely consequences, and what responsible parties should be doing now,” writes Jerusalem expert Danny Seidemann
No, says former diplomat Martin Indyk. “For somebody who cares deeply about winning, this is a losing proposition. Mr. Trump should either defer the decision for now, or combine it with a carefully planned diplomatic initiative to resolve Jerusalem first,” he writes in the Times.
Congress often brings such bills, but they either fail to pass or reaffirm the president’s ability to waive the move. With President-elect Donald Trump and his appointee for ambassador to Israel making strong statements supporting the move, however, there is real concern that this time could be different.
An embassy move would be a “red line” for Jordan, would “inflame the Islamic and Arab streets” and would serve as a “gift to extremists,” Jordanian Information Minister Mohamed Momani told The Associated Press, adding that Jordan would use all possible political and diplomatic means to prevent such a decision.
Abbas said any action that affects the status of Jerusalem was a red line the Palestinians would not put up with.
While the probe is still in its infancy, a mounting investigation could put pressure on Netanyahu to step down. His predecessor, Ehud Olmert, did so in 2008 just months before he was formally indicted on corruption-related charges. Olmert is now serving a prison sentence after being convicted of accepting bribes.
“The criminal case against Israel’s prime minister has been opened. But the specifics are secret and the politics complicated,” writes Neri Zilber
“UNSC resolution 2334 was not against Israel; it was against settlements, no more, no less,” Abbas told the Israelis, who traveled from all over Israel to meet with the PA president at the Mukata, the PA presidential headquarters in Ramallah. “It did not say Israel is illegitimate; it said settlements are illegitimate.”