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20 May 2017, 02:14 | Kelvin Horton
Trump said in a speech to the American Israeli Political Action Committee conference in March 2016 that he would move the US embassy to Jerusalem, calling it "the eternal capital of the Jewish people".
Trump is scheduled to arrive in Israel on Monday from Saudi Arabia and is slated to give a speech at the Israel Museum in Jerusalem.
Speaking to Israel Radio, Ofer Shelah, an opposition lawmaker who is a member of the parliament's foreign affairs and defense committee, said intelligence and security officials must exercise extra caution when dealing with Russian Federation because of its direct involvement in the Middle East and alliances with Israeli foes.
Most foreign nations' embassies, including the US since 1966, are located in Tel Aviv.
Pro-Israel groups expressed their dismay after news emergedon Wednesday that President Trump will not use his upcoming trip to Israel to announce that he is moving the US embassy in that country to Jerusalem.
White House officials were considering announcing the US' recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital and moving the embassy to the city during the President's trip there next week.
A number of Republican congressmen at the event alluded to McMaster's refusal to name the Western Wall as Israeli territory and called for moving the embassy to Jerusalem.
Ron Dermer, Israel's ambassador to Washington, issued a similar statement, saying: "Israel has full confidence in our intelligence-sharing relationship with the United States and looks forward to deepening that relationship in the years ahead under President Trump". Moreover, we were honored and grateful that you pledged to specifically uphold this policy in response to a request from the American Christian Leaders for Israel coalition during your campaign.
His Liberty Counsel organization has, along with Christians in Defense of Israel, an affiliated ministry, created the "Why Israel Matters" television series, which now is airing on TBN.
Trump said as a candidate he would move the embassy to Jerusalem, but now says he's studying the issue. On Sunday, Jerusalem celebrates its 50th anniversary of its reunification; on Monday and Tuesday, the President of the United States will visit; on Wednesday, the Jerusalem flag-dance parade will take place across two parts of the city with 60,000 religious Zionists participating; and Friday marks the beginning of the month of Ramadan.
"The International Christian Embassy Jerusalem delivered a strategy paper to President Trump, which includes my organization CURE as a signatory, urging him to move the embassy to Jerusalem".
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