US officials warn Israel against pressuring Washington any further about embassy move

This evening, U.S. officials reiterated that the embassy will be moved from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem but warned Israel against pressuring the administration any further about the topic. According to the officials, this pressure is counterproductive.
The US Embassy in Tel Aviv Photo Credit: Krokodyl/Channel 2 News

Senior Washington officials reiterated on Tuesday evening that the U.S. embassy will indeed be moved to Jerusalem. According to the officials, the process will most likely take time and Israel should stop pressuring the Trump administration about it. They said that this pressure is counterproductive.

Earlier this week, U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said during an interview with NBC: “The president is being very careful to understand how such a decision would impact the peace process.” Tillerson stressed that the White House is aware that moving the embassy to Jerusalem will most likely evoke harsh reactions across the region.

As JOL reported yesterday, Republican mega-donor Sheldon Adelson was seriously upset after hearing Tillerson’s remarks about the matter. According to two sources, Adelson was “furious.” Adelson reportedly said that the Palestinians are always putting forward demands that Israel cannot meet and therefore he does not buy Tillerson’s explanation that the embassy move would most likely affect the peace efforts.

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