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Trump Breaks Campaign Promise: Won't Move US Embassy to Jerusalem
By DEBKAfile, IsraelNationalNews,com & VOA News
President Donald Trump, reneging on a campaign promise to move the US Embassy to
Jerusalem, renewed the waiver overriding a 1995 law, thus delaying the relocation for
another six months. A White House source said that the president is committed to his
promise during the election campaign to move the embassy to Jerusalem, but he believes
that now is not the appropriate time. The source added that no timetable has been set for
The president had promised during his 2016 White House campaign to move the embassy to
the Israeli capital if elected. "We will move the American embassy to the eternal capital
of the Jewish people, Jerusalem," Trump said at the 2016 AIPAC conference in Washington
DC. After the November election, however, Trump remained mum on whether he intended to
follow through on his pledge.
Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu said that keeping the embassy outside of the capital
distances peace because it revives the Palestinian fantasy that Israel and the Jewish
people have no connection to the city. However, he said, Israel appreciates the
president's words of friendship and his commitment to move the embassy at a later
Trump, in his long campaign for the presidency, vowed to move the U.S. embassy to
Jerusalem to concur with the Israeli government's long-standing preference. But the issue
is caught in the unending debate over the creation of separate Jewish and Palestinian
states, with both the Israelis and Palestinians claiming Jerusalem as their capitals.
The White House said Thursday that Trump's decision to keep the embassy in Tel Aviv,
where most other foreign governments also have their diplomatic missions, should not be
considered "in any way a retreat from the president's strong support for Israel and for
the United States-Israel alliance."
The White House statement said Trump made the choice "to maximize the chances of
successfully negotiating a deal between Israel and the Palestinians
As he has
repeatedly stated his intention to move the embassy," White House officials said, "the
question is not if that move happens, but only when."
Netanyahu's disappointment appeared when he said "Israel's consistent position is that
the American embassy, like the embassies of all countries with whom we have diplomatic
relations, should be in Jerusalem, our eternal capital."
Knesset member Yehuda Glick (Likud) responded to Trump's decision when he stated the
move had little impact on Israel, but boded ill for efforts to forge a lasting peace in
the region. Despite his disappointment with the decision, Glick nevertheless expressed
appreciation for the president's pledge to move the embassy, and said he was optimistic
the move would ultimately be made.
"I believe it'll happen eventually," said Glick. "I want to bless the fact that
Trump... said he that did not change his mind, he's just looking for timing. He wants to
move the embassy and that's a step in the right direction because transferring the embassy
to Jerusalem will be a contribution to stability in the region."
Glick added that while he supported the move, it had little direct bearing on Israel or
the Jewish people and their connection with the city. "Jerusalem is the capital of the
people of Israel and the State of Israel. It has been the capital of the people of Israel
for 3,000 years. Every single Jewish couple that has gotten married swear to Jerusalem.
Jerusalem is the heart - three times a day in our prayer. Nobody can change that -
Jerusalem is the capital of Israel.
"The question of whether the embassy will be moved to Jerusalem - we don't need the
embassies in Jerusalem, the world needs it. If the world wants to be relevant and
connected to reality, they should move their embassies to Jerusalem."
But on a positive note, the Pacific island nation of Vanuatu has recognized Jerusalem
as Israel's capital. President Baldwin Lonsdale decided to express support after learning
his country did not oppose UNESCO resolution denying Jewish ties to the Temple Mount
Vanuatu is an 83-island archipelago situated between Australia and Fiji, with a
population of about 300,000. Israel's ambassador to Vanuatu and to other Pacific island
nations, Tibor Shalev Schlosser, works out of the Foreign Ministry in Jerusalem. Vanuatu
has an honorary consulate in Israel.
The decision follows the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural
Organization's passing of a pro-Palestinian resolution in October 2016 that denied Jewish
ties to the Temple Mount. That resolution led to a harsh Israeli response that sought to
send a strong message to the member states that did not oppose the resolution, which began
to yield positive results recently.
The lower chamber of the Czech parliament passed two pro-Israel resolutions, one
calling on the government to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital and the other calling
for withholding funds from UNESCO over its anti-Israel stance.
Lonsdale, an evangelical Christian who has a strong connection to the Jewish people and
to Israel, recently made a similar move. During a meeting with Vanuatu's honorary consul
to Israel, the issue of the UNESCO vote came up. Lonsdale said in the meeting he had been
sorry to hear how the vote unfolded and his country's lack of opposition to it.
Lonsdale later signed a document stating that Jerusalem should be recognized as
Israel's capital and condemning the UNESCO resolution. He also asked to explore with the
Prime Minister's Office the possibility of visiting Israel, which would be the first by a
president of Vanuatu.
Arab-Israeli Children Live in Fear of Gunfire
Since the beginning of the year there have been 18 civilian deaths among the Arab
populace caused by shooting incidents in which dozens more were wounded either
deliberately or accidentallyamong them children, who were hurt not only physically
As Israel Police activity in Arab towns and villages is considered to be complicated
and dangerous, Arab-on-Arab crime has grown rampant in recent years; with protection
rackets, drugs and illegal weapons trade, primarily carried out by crime cells or clans
that have devolved into crime families, causing a massive increase in violence and
"After what I've been through I'm scared to leave home and go to school. I'm afraid
that I'll get shot again," said Muhammad Amash, 10, who was struck by a stray bullet.
Muhammad, who lives with his family in Jisr az-Zarqa, told Ynet that about a month ago he
and his relative went to visit a friend, when suddenly they heard gunshots. "We tried
running away but I got hit in my right leg. My relative was also wounded; he got shot in
Jamil Amash, Muhammad's father, said, "The little children are the ones paying the
price of the violence. My son is having a hard time coping with what happened to him.
We're all scared to get shot. My nephew, who is 13 years old, was shot in that same
incident and is still in serious condition. "We're all busy with treating the wounded and
in the meanwhile the shooters are walking free. Unfortunately, the police are not doing
enough. Even if they arrest someone the court releases them and our lives remain in
Wesam Amash, Muhammad's mother, said, "Despite the horrible incident we went through,
the authorities didn't pay us any mind. Our situation demands assistance for my son, but
we were abandoned. My son is traumatized. He barely sleeps at night, reliving that
The head of Jisr az-Zarqa's local council, Murad Amash, said that the current situation
worries him and all of the town's residents. "The violence cannot continue. We need
immediate solutions before more disasters occur. We at the council try
constantlytogether with our schools' administrative staff and teachersto raise
awareness to decrease violence and crime. We also meet with different groups and
organizations to come up with a plan to eradicate this trend."
Jinnah Mahamid, who lives with his family in the E-Shajur neighborhood in Umm al-Fahm,
recounted, "A few days ago, I was sitting in the backyard with my parents. All of the
sudden, we heard gunshots and immediately ran inside. Later, when we went outside again,
we saw bullet holes where we had been sitting. Now, we're scared to even sit in the guest
room, afraid that a bullet might pierce through the window and hit us. We stay in a closed
room and don't leave the house. It's like being in prison."
Marwa Ahmad Mahamid, 12, also recounted a shooting that nearly wounded her and her
family: "Most of the time, especially at night, I'm nervous because of the loud gunfire
you constantly hear here. We girls go to school terrified. Even during class, we're afraid
that a bullet might enter through a window and hurt us. "It's not an easy thing to cope
with. We also had an incident where shots were fired at our home and almost pierced
through to the rooms we were in. Sometimes I can't sleep, even in days before tests. It's
affecting my grades."
Binan Mahamid, who lives in the Ayn Jarar neighborhood in Umm al-Fahm, echoed the same
experience and hardships, saying, "It's constant shooting at night, which really stresses
me out. "A couple days ago, we came home and we saw a bullet right on the ground, and it
was really creepy for me because it was at the entrance to our house. If we had been here
in that moment (when it was shot), we could have been injured.
"I got really angry when not even one policeman would come (after we reported it). If
this would have happened in a (Jewish) Israeli community, not just one policeman would
come, but four or five. Why is that? Do they think Arab blood is cheap?
"We lived for a while in the Unites States and never had this kind of problem. I want
to go back because I'm tired of the violence. We used to ask for playgrounds, museums,
nice streets, but what we really need now is safety. We need to feel safe in our homes. We
need somebody to protect us."
Nadiya Mahajana, principal at the Khadija Secondary School for girls in Umm al-Fahm,
explained that it is common knowledge that the phenomenon has spread throughout the city.
"We all suffer from it because it affects us all. We do our best here, together with the
administrative staff and teachers, to help the girls put the danger out of their minds
through social activities," she said.
Reda Jaber, director of Amanthe Arab Center for a Safe Societyexplained
that "the challenge of dealing with violence in Arab society is both social and
structural. Arab society needs to be reorganized and rebuilt from its foundations for it
to resolve the issues afflicting it, and not just deal with their symptoms.
"Fixing the erosion of its values that once united it. Forgoing its clannish and tribal
structure, which prevents any real progress by the local Arab authorities. Nurturing Arab
settlements, fighting poverty and taking care of youths by establishing vital community
centers for non-formal education. Improving women's status in society and the perception
of government and law. All these things require political and social leadership willing to
take the lead, face reality and bravely work for meaningful and even painful changes.
The police responded that they "have been operating in recent years together with the
Ministry of Public Security to meet the unique needs of Arab society to reduce crime and
increase feelings of safety and trust in the police and the rule of law among citizens.
That is done through, among other things, firm enforcement against law breakers.
"In recent years, we have seized thousands of armaments and arrested hundreds of
suspects, indicting them whenever we could. In 2015 more than 1,100 indictments for weapon
violations within the Arab populace were filed, and more than 900 suspects' remands were
extended until the end of the proceedings against them. These results are a product of due
decisive action and are, and the number of arrests that result in indictments is only
Model of Ark of the Covenant Destroyed in Jerusalem
A model of the largest Ark of the Covenant, the largest such model in the world,
donated to the residents of Jerusalem, was demolished by vandals Thursday morning. One
person has been arrested in connection with the incident.
The building and setting up of the model of the Ark of the Covenant was conceived,
constructed, and donated to the residents of the city of Jerusalem by Filipina
businesswoman Grace Gupana, a resident of the Philippines and a lover of Israel. The Ark,
she said, was created for all believers of all faiths, especially the residents of
Jerusalem and the State of Israel, in the hope that the Ark would serve as a powerful
testimony against those who do not believe in the Bible.
Gupana said that the model of the Ark of the Covenant was first unveiled in Jerusalem
during the Jerusalem Day March in 2013. She said that she was "shocked, pained and
saddened about the vandalism and destruction of the Ark model," and that "the punishment
of those who destroyed the model of the Ark of the Covenant will come from God."
She added that the city of Jerusalem is a place of worship for the three monotheistic
religions, and that while Israel has undertaken to provide complete freedom of worship,
there are those who do not allow that to happen. "My pain and sorrow are very great today,
and the Jewish people, on the day of the giving of the Torah, must respect the believers
of all religions," she said.
The model Ark was placed on a square in front of the walls of the Old City of Jerusalem
on the eve of the Shavuot holiday Tuesday. It was draped in an Israeli flag. The model
weighs 1,760 pounds. It is 10 feet tall, 16 feet long, and 5 feet wide. It took 12 artists
and professionals four months to build, and its construction was estimated to have cost
tens of thousands of dollars.
Videos of Female Soldiers Behaving Badly Uploaded Once Again
By Israel Hayom
Israel Defense Forces soldiers one-upped some of their comrades who recently posed
practically nude only to have the racy photographs uploaded and disseminated online, this
time filming a soldier doing a striptease poll dance, using her personal weapon as the
The clip was crudely filmed on a cellphone. A voice in the background -- ostensibly
another female soldier -- says that she will upload the video to Facebook, and tag the
participants. It is evident from the clip that the threat of online publicity was not
dissuading the dancer.
The latest scandal comes a couple of weeks after photos of soldiers in the School for
Infantry Corps Professions and Squad Commanders went viral after being posted to the
social network Facebook. The girls were sparsely clad, wearing little more than their
assault weapons. The photos were picked up by media outlets in Israel and around the
The IDF has expressed concern about the "phenomenon." As Israel Hayom first reported,
IDF Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. Benny Gantz decided that soldiers, on day one of their
induction, will undergo a brief course clarifying that soldiers represent the IDF and must
be committed to its core values. These briefings will also be tacked onto additional
courses that soldiers take throughout their service.
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