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U.S. Presses to Relocate Embassy to Jerusalem by 2019

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The plans suggest the administration no longer cares about cushioning the blow of its new policy, which has cast President Trump’s peacemaking ambitions into doubt.

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Artefact set to fuel Jerusalem debate

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January 19, 2018 5:00 AM
Archaeology has always played a central role in the struggle for dominion over Jerusalem. A key find in the city is now bound to become part of a heated political debate.

From: www.straitstimes.com

Exclusive: Trump denies U.S. embassy to be moved to Jerusalem within a year

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President Donald Trump denied on Wednesday that the planned relocation of the U.S. embassy in Israel to Jerusalem would take place within a year, after Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said he expected the controversial move to happen by then. Reversing decades of U.S. policy, Trump in early December recognized Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and set in motion the process of moving the embassy from Tel Aviv, imperiling Middle East peace efforts and upsetting the Arab world and Western allies alike.

Exclusive: Trump denies U.S. embassy to be moved to Jerusalem within a year

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President Donald Trump denied on Wednesday that the planned relocation of the U.S. embassy in Israel to Jerusalem would take place within a year, after Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said he expected the controversial move to happen by then.

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‘That’s no’: Donald Trump denies relocating U.S. embassy to Jerusalem within a year

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Donald Trump denied that the planned relocation of the U.S. embassy in Israel to Jerusalem would take place within a year, after Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said he expected it would.

After Trump denial, Netanyahu clarifies remarks on timeframe for U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem

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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu took a step back on Thursday from comments, challenged by U.S. President Donald Trump, that envisioned a one-year timeframe for the planned relocation of the U.S. Embassy in Israel to Jerusalem.

From: feeds.reuters.com

Trump enrages Palestinians by cutting aid to UN agency for Palestinian refugees

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The Palestinians accused Donald Trump of “targeting the innocent” yesterday after the US announced it was withholding tens of millions of dollars from the UN agency which supports Palestinian refugees. The row is the latest public eruption between the White House and the Palestinians and the relationship between the two sides has all but collapsed since Mr Trump recognised Jerusalem as Israel’s capital last month.   The argument centres around the  the UN Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA), which was created in 1949 to support Palestinian refugees and today gives aid to more than 5 million refugees in the Palestinian territories and neighbouring Arab countries.   The US has traditionally been the largest donor to UNRWA and last year gave $350 million to the agency (£254 million). The US had planned to give $120 million this year but announced this week that it was paying only $60 million and withholding the rest.   The State Department said there should be more “burden-sharing” of the cost of UNRWA and US officials said the agency needed to be fundamentally reformed.  Mr Trump complained on Twitter earlier this month that the US gives the Palestinians “hundreds of millions of dollars a year and get no respect. They don’t even want to negotiate a long overdue peace treaty with Israel”. ...peace treaty with Israel. We have taken Jerusalem, the toughest part of the negotiation, off the table, but Israel, for that, would have had to pay more. But with the Palestinians no longer willing to talk peace, why should we make any of these massive future payments to them?— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 2, 2018 Chris Gunness, an UNRWA spokesman, said the shortfall plunged the agency into “the most severe financial crisis” in its 70-year history and warned that it could cause instability in the occupied West Bank and Gaza but also in Lebanon and Jordan.  “The potential consequences are nothing less than the stability of the Middle East. It could be catastrophic,” he said.   Hanan Ashrawi, a Palestinian official, said the decision showed the US “has no compunction in targeting the innocent”.  UNRWA is viewed with ambivalence in Israel. Politicians publicly lambast the agency, saying it perpetuates a victim mentality among Palestinians by passing refugee status from grandparents to parents to children.  Israel also accuses the agency of encouraging Palestinian refugees to believe they will one day be allowed to return to what is modern day Israel, something Israel will not allow to happen in any significant numbers. The UNRWA announcement came after a fiery speech delivered by Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas But Israeli security officials privately acknowledge that the agency helps preserve stability in the West Bank and Gaza and provides services - like education and healthcare - that Israel might otherwise have to provide.  UNRWA said that for now it would be able to keep its schools and hospitals open but warned that services would have to be cut if more funding was not found. The agency plans to launch an emergency global appeal next week, asking states, charities and wealthy individuals for money.  Relations between the US and the Palestinians have been in free fall since Mr Trump ignored Palestinian and international objections and fulfilled his campaign promise to recognise Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.  Benjamin Netanyahu, the Israeli prime minister, said Wednesday he expected the US embassy would be moved to Jerusalem within a year - a faster timetable than the White House has suggested.   The US also closed down the Palestinian diplomatic outpost in Washington, a move that was deeply humiliating for Palestinian leaders.  The Palestinians have said since they will refuse to accept the US as a mediator in any peace talks. Palestinian officials are refusing to meet Mike Pence, the US vice president, when he visits Jerusalem next week.  The White House has intended to present a proposal for Israeli-Palestinian peace talks in the spring as part of Mr Trump’s ambitions to seal what he has called “the ultimate deal”. It is no longer clear if the US will move ahead with releasing its plans. 

Exclusive: Trump denies U.S. embassy to be moved to Jerusalem within a year

Added: 18.01.2018 0:43 | 0 views | 0 comments

President Donald Trump denied on Wednesday that the planned relocation of the U.S. embassy in Israel to Jerusalem would take place within a year, after Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said he expected the controversial move to happen by then.

From: feeds.reuters.com

Trump Shoots Down Netanyahu Remarks On US Embassy Move This Year

Added: 17.01.2018 22:23 | 1 views | 0 comments

In an exclusive interview with Reuters Wednesday, U.S. President Donald Trump shot down the notion the U.S. would move its embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem within a year. In comments made earlier Wednesday during a trip to India, the Israeli prime minister said of the move, “my solid assessment is that it will go much faster than you think – within a year from now,” Press TV reported. “By the end of the year? We’re talking about different scenarios – I mean obviously that would be on a temporary basis. We’re not really looking at that. That’s no.” – US President Donald Trump’s reaction to moving embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem Last month, Trump’s own Secretary of State Rex Tillerson...

Donald Trump denies US embassy to be moved to Jerusalem within a year

Added: 17.01.2018 21:25 | 0 views | 0 comments

President Donald Trump denied on Wednesday (Jan 17) that the planned relocation of the US embassy in Israel to Jerusalem would take place within a year, after Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said he expected the controversial move to happen by then.

From: www.straitstimes.com

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