A Christian Zionist group has published a policy paper calling on U.S. President Donald Trump to relocate the U.S. embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem as the 50th Jerusalem Day looms ahead.
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The International Christian Embassy Jerusalem wants President Trump to move the U.S. embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem to correct the "historic injustice" done in the past. The group explained that the current policy, which does not accept Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, is founded on "weakness and fear," Breitbart relays.
In its policy paper, ICEJ touted the upcoming Jerusalem day as the perfect time for Trump to move the U.S. embassy. The said event marks the 50th anniversary of the city's reunification during the 1967 Six Day War.
ICEJ outlined three approaches to the relocation of the U.S. embassy, the first of which involves consultation with the Israeli government to explore the steps needed to complete the move and counter security issues that may crop up. The paper also suggests talking to leaders of major Arab and Muslim nations to know their concerns regarding the move.
Lastly, ICEJ said Trump should identify the countries that are friendly to both the U.S. and Israel and open up the option for them to also relocate their embassies to Jerusalem. The group points out that many nations' senior envoys to the Palestinians are in Jerusalem.
Just last week, the White House denied rumors that President Trump has already abandoned the idea of moving the embassy to Jerusalem. Deputy Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders, however, said Trump still has not decided on the matter.
On the evening of May 15, a dramatic clash ensued between the teams of Trump and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu when a U.S. official reportedly told the latter's team that the Western Wall was "disputed territory." The issue comes as Trump is expected to visit Israel in less than a week, The Jerusalem Post reports.
According to Channel 2, members of Netanyahu's team asked if the prime minister could join Trump during his visit to the Western Wall and if Israeli photographers could also document the activity. However, a senior White House official reportedly said the Western Wall was not part of Israel's territory.