Trump Vows: Move US Embassy to Jerusalem
Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump has vowed to move the U.S. embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem if he becomes president.
“I am for that one hundred percent,” Trump told Christian Broadcasting Network reporter David Brody during a sit-down interview last Wednesday.
The issue of Israel is a high priority for Christian evangelicals, who Trump is courting for the Iowa caucus. Rival Ted Cruz, who is popular among the voting block and statistically tied with Trump in Iowa, has also said he would move the U.S. embassy to Jerusalem.
Trump’s vow was taken as an “about face” by some in the Israeli media, including The Times of Israel. Last December, the candidate refused to answer when asked about the issue during a question-and-answer session with the Republican Jewish Coalition.
Trump also noted how he has always been a huge supporter of Israel, calling the country “our best ally in the Middle East.”
The U.S. House and Senate overwhelmingly passed The Jerusalem Act in 1995, which called for relocating the U.S. embassy to Jerusalem. It also gave the president the option to waiver out of the move, a choice every president has taken out of security concerns.