President Donald Trump reportedly will not announce plans to move the U.S. Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem during his trip to Israel next week. “This is disappointing and not in keeping with President Trump’s promise to move the Embassy to Jerusalem. While reports say President Trump has not ruled out a move, the fact is there is no reason for delay,” said Mat Staver, Founder and Chairman of Liberty Counsel, President of Christians in Defense of Israel, and Founder and Chairman of Covenant Journey.

Moving the Embassy had been a campaign promise of Trump’s as early as March 2016 when he said, “We will move the American embassy to the eternal capital of the Jewish people, Jerusalem.” A week before the general election, President Trump signed a pledge to move the Embassy.President Trump is getting push back from the Department of State and other sources. “It is foolish to think delaying the decision to move the Embassy will somehow pave the way for peace negotiations. Israel has no peace partner. Palestinian Authority President Mahmood Abbas is isolated in Ramallah, while Hamas terrorists control Gaza.  Abbas’ term expired January 2009, and Hamas took over Gaza in June 2007. Neither group speaks for the other and neither group recognizes Israel’s right to exist,” said Staver.

“To delay or not move the Embassy is a sign of weakness that will embolden the enemies of Israel. Jerusalem is the capital of Israel. This is not as complex a decision as some argue. Move the Embassy,” concluded Staver.

Liberty Counsel is an international litigation, education, and policy organization. Liberty Counsel has a number of affiliated ministries, including Christians in Defense of Israel and Covenant Journey, a program that provides a life-changing experience in Israel for Christian college-age students who have leadership potential. Find out more at http://www.LC.org and www.CovenantJourney.org.

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