In Latest Flip-Flop, Trump Decides Not To Move Israel Embassy To Jerusalem

Tyler Durden's picture

The list of campaign promise reversals continues to grow as The FT reports President Donald Trump has decided not to move the US embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, in a major reversal of one of his foreign policy campaign pledges.

During the presidential campaign Mr Trump repeatedly vowed to move the US embassy to Jerusalem despite concerns that it would exacerbate tensions between Israel and the Arab world.

Washington's embassy is in Tel Aviv, as are most foreign diplomatic posts. Israel calls Jerusalem its eternal capital, but Palestinians also lay claim to the city as part of an eventual Palestinian state. Both sides cite biblical, historical and political claims. The U.S. Congress passed a law in 1995 describing Jerusalem as capital of Israel and saying it should not be divided, but successive Republican and Democratic presidents have used their foreign policy powers to maintain the U.S. Embassy in Tel Aviv and to back negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians on the status of Jerusalem.

As we noted previously, any decision to break with the status quo is likely to prompt protests from U.S. allies in the Middle East such as Saudi Arabia, Jordan and Egypt. Bill Clinton, George W Bush and Barack Obama all signed repeated six-month waivers postponing the move for national security reasons.

No countries currently have their embassy to Israel in Jerusalem.

So, first China currency manipulation, then Yellen's future, followed by Ex-Im Bank, and NATO, and now, Mr Trump on Thursday followed the path of his predecessors in the Oval Office by taking action to circumvent a Congressional mandate to move the embassy to Jerusalem.

Trump offered no hints at his decision last week on his visit to Israel with his 'old friend' Bibi...

But we do note that he (reportedly) was angry at Palestine's Abbas for "lying."

The White House said in a statement that the decision was made to “maximise the chances of successfully negotiating a deal between Israel and the Palestinians”.

“While President Donald J. Trump signed the waiver under the Jerusalem Embassy Act and delayed moving the U.S. Embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, no one should consider this step to be in any way a retreat from the President’s strong support for Israel and for the United States-Israel alliance,” the White House added.

So Saudis 1 - 0 Bibi?

Maybe not, as Axios notes, a source who has been in the process for multiple presidents told Axios, this is Trump defaulting to the status quo. Bureaucrats brief a new president, show them the doomsday forecast of riots, broken peace deals, new security requirements and other issues, and presidents back off. etc.

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swmnguy's picture

A lot of weapons-dealing money riding on that decision.  So, predictable.

It was a stupid idea anyway.  Not necessary, and opens the door to a lot of trouble.

Looney's picture


Speaking of Flip-Flops…

None of the flip-flops I mailed to the WH have been returned. I hope someone enjoys wearing them.  ;-)


BaBaBouy's picture

Finally A Good Flip-Flop ...

froze25's picture

I agree, the Embassy doesn't need to move, no reason to inflame a situation further.

erkme73's picture

Let's make it a baker's dozen on the flops... Anyone want to bet we stay in the Paris Climate Accord?

I couldn't give a rat's ass about our embassy location.  However, this pattern of completely abandoning campaign promises is disheartening.

UndergroundPost's picture

Title is misleading: Trump has not flip-flopped. Here's what White House is saying today: the delay was only in the interest of serving a possible peace deal and the move would happen eventually.

PrayingMantis's picture


... while the "flip-flops" appear to dominate the media, there's one very popular Fox news host that might be getting the "boot" if Alex Jones is to be believed >>> ...

... and here too >>> "Sean Hannity Set to be Fired Next Week as Purge of Pro-American Media Accelerates" 



Handful of Dust's picture

Trump is brilliant---every move sends the MSM and the Democraps into hysteria. Lena Dunhan, Meryl Streep and Mika must be having nervous breakdowns a few times a week.



UndergroundPost's picture

Full quote: “No one should consider this step to be in any way a retreat from the President's strong support for Israel and for the United States-Israel alliance,” the White House said in a statement. “President Trump made this decision to maximize the chances of successfully negotiating a deal between Israel and the Palestinians, fulfilling his solemn obligation to defend America's national security interests. But, as he has repeatedly stated his intention to move the embassy, the question is not if that move happens, but only when.

The only one flip-flopping today is the Fat-faced Fascist whale George Soros in his $20M bathtub. Enjoy it Soros because by the grace of God, you will soon be bankrupt.

The_Juggernaut's picture

What would we gain by moving the embassy?  If there's no good answer to that question then it's impossible to justify the expense, no?

exi1ed0ne's picture

Why even HAVE embassys in today's age?  I get it when it took weeks to months for diplomatic cables to get to where they needed to go that you needed a faceman on the ground.  Fucking host a video conference once in a while and save billions.

Ahmeexnal's picture

Trump has shown he bows down to the saudi ayatollahs, just like barry.  Wouldn't surprise me if melania starts wearing a burkkah in public anytime soon.

Great Deceivah's picture

Trump also brilliantly bamboozled all of his white American voters by lying to them saying he was going to build a wall in the Mexico border to keep the illegal inmigrant scum out, he said he was going to repeal Obumma care, he was going to get out of Nafta, and stop taking inmigrants, stop all zionist neocon wars, make peace with Russia, etc

Hilarious, half the country is laughing

NidStyles's picture

He is still president for the next three and a half years....

exi1ed0ne's picture

Oh, were laughing all right.  Just not at that stuff.  This is Circuses for the ages of all worshipers of "ism"s

Tulak's picture

stop taking trumpvaiagra!

trump suffers from Narcisstic Personalty Disorder (NPD), and should be examined by a group of psicachiatric(sp) personnel!

RedBaron616's picture

Psychiatric personnel are worse off then the general population. Proven to have a higher suicide rate. Not to mention it is real science. Not like a doctor can prove you have cancer. You can go to 3 different shrinks and get 3 totally different opinions. It is all pure Freudian nonsense made up out of whole cloth.

curbjob's picture

By not moving the embassy, the US just eliminated more "terrorists" than a decades worth of Hellfire's, at considerably less costly...

Lockheed Martin doesn't agree.

jaxville's picture

  Which terrorists?  Did ISIS not apologize to Israel for attacking one of their patrols near the Jordanian border recently? 

fleur de lis's picture

The Zionists will destroy him for that alone.

curbjob's picture

Trump is a Zionist tool ...

it's a prerequisite for being a New York real estate mogul. 

NidStyles's picture

So you're deeply involved with the NYC real estate scene?

beemasters's picture

To be deeply involved, Curbjob probably should have 'sold' his own daughter too just to prove his allegiance.

Mountainview's picture

Very pragmatic decision of the Donald. Move your embassy at the end of your mandate and leave the consequences to Bernie Sanders. Machiavelli-Trump.

InflammatoryResponse's picture

Who cares about inflaming somebody.   just the expense to do build a new embassy building would be a terrible wast of money.  it would have to have green charging stations, etc.



Ignatius's picture

Yes, a flip-flop I can endorse.

urhotdogs's picture

No flip-flop he makes on a campaign promise is good.  We didn't elect him to flip flop.  Everyone he gets away with just empowers him to renege on more

tmosley's picture

>Article lists "flip-flops" that were core campaign positions

This Tyler belongs in the trash can.

Mr.BlingBling's picture

 . . . in the Gatestone Institute.  (Saves him the cab fare.)

Newsboy's picture

So he didn't give away his bargaining chip...

IronSights on'um's picture

Now move israel out of America

jmack's picture

I guess the Saudi's got him straightened out on that .

froze25's picture

Saudi's and Israel work hand in hand, they didn't straighten out squat.

thebigunit's picture

So, your opinion is that we should wok hand in hand with Iran?

GunnerySgtHartman's picture

Bear in mind that FT is not exactly Trump-friendly ... let's see what Trump says about it.

pocomotion's picture

Trump twitted - Moving to COVFEFE

Joe Cool's picture

We've already heard plenty out of Trump....How much was worth it....

thebigunit's picture

Donald J. Trump is a manly man.

How much was worth it....

Trumpus Maximus!

Squid Viscous's picture

the coming war with Iran will sooth the Likudniks' butt hurt

pocomotion's picture

Israeli embassy is in New York City, New York.

DistortedPictures's picture

With branches in Washington DC and Hollywood and Miami

Squid Viscous's picture

and Chicago, even though the winters are to kvetsh about for sure.

basically, anywhere there's enough goys to support some parasites

Great Deceivah's picture

Israeli embassy IS Jew York City, New York.

Tall Tom's picture

Yes. One of them is located there. There are many others.

Washington DC

Atlanta (Atlanta Bombing)

Boston (Boston Marathon Bombing)

Chicago (2014 ISIS Twitter threat)

Houston (Garland Tx 2015)

Los Angeles (San Bernadino Massacre)

New York (9/11/2001 WTC Bombing)

Philadelphia (ISIS Gunman shoots Policeman)

San Francisco  (Soros funded University Riots)


The Mossad needs many bases from which to operate.


Notice a pattern?

Tall Tom's picture



Downarrows do not change the truth.

jdow's picture

This is a tragic mistake, and broken Campaign promise.

Due North's picture

Move it to Covfefe and be done with it.

Nightjar's picture

Atleast he doesnt only flip flop on his own white european people but also on the kikes.