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US embassy should be moved to Jerusalem: UN envoy Haley

Nikki Haley, the US ambassador to the United Nations, argues for pressure on Russia to end sieges in Syria
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The official broke ranks with the more cautious State Dept stance on the issue

In a stark departure from the US government’s tentative position on the issue, US ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley said on Tuesday she believed that the American embassy in Israel should be moved from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on Sunday said that Trump "wants to put a lot of effort into seeing if we cannot advance a peace initiative between Israel and Palestine...the President is being very careful to understand how such a decision [moving the embassy] would impact a peace process."

The status of Jerusalem is a flashpoint issue in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. The Palestinians claim East Jerusalem as the capital of their future state, while Israel has declared the entire city as its capital. Most countries have their embassies located in Tel Aviv.

“Obviously I believe that the capital should be Jerusalem and the embassy should be moved to Jerusalem because if you look at all their government is in Jerusalem,” Haley told the Christian Broadcasting Network.  

“So much of what goes on is in Jerusalem and I think we have to see that for what it is.”

During his presidential campaign, Trump controversially promised to move the embassy and to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's "undivided" capital.

Since Trump's inauguration on January 20, there's been a lack of clarity and conflicting reports on whether he is going to make good on the promise.

Trump is expected to arrive in Israel on May 22 as part of his first foreign tour since taking office.

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stevenl

There is no connection btw Islam & Jerusalem excet for the antisemitic world.

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