At 22.30 Trump commits to move the US Embassy from Tel Aviv to "israel's eternal Capital Jerusalem. Yet Donald Trump's key appointments are not on the same page .
Defense Secretary-designate James Mattis testified on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Jan. 12, 2017, at his confirmation hearing before the Senate Armed Services Committee.
President-elect Donald Trump’s Defense Secretary nominee, James Mattis, was asked on Thursday what the capital of Israel is. And he didn’t say Jerusalem.
Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) asked about Israel during the hearing before the Senate Armed Services Committee, but Mattis refused to give him the answer he wanted.
“The capital of Israel that I go to, sir, is Tel Aviv, because that’s where all their government people are,” Mattis replied.
“Do you agree with me that the capital of Israel is Jerusalem?” asked Graham.
“Sir, right now, I stick with the U.S. policy,” said Mattis.
“Okay, do you support moving the U.S. embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem?”
“I would defer to the nominee for Secretary of State on that, sir.”
You can watch the full exchange here:
Mattis’ refusal to say what Graham wanted him to — that Jerusalem is the capital of Israel—distinguishes him from both the president-elect and many other members of the incoming administration.
The U.S. embassy is currently located in Tel Aviv, as it has long been U.S. policy that the status of Jersualem should be decided in negotiations with Palestinians. Congress did order that the U.S. embassy in Israel be moved to Jerusalem in 1995, but the past three presidents have not done so due to concerns about security. The United Nations originally intended Eastern Jerusalem to be the capital of a Palestinian state, and it still does not view Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.
Jared Kushner, who is married to US President-elect Donald Trump’s daughter Ivanka, will be the next American peace envoy to the Middle East.
Trump confirmed the appointment in an weekend interview with London’s Sunday Times.
“You know what? Jared is such a good lad, he will secure an Israel deal which no one else has managed to get. You know, he’s a natural talent, he is the top, he is a natural talent. You know what I’m talking about – a natural talent. He has an innate ability to make deals, everyone likes him,” Trump told the newspaper.
Kushner was said to have been one of Trump’s chief advisers on foreign policy during the election campaign.
In the past, Kushner’s family donated large sums of money to Jewish settlement projects in Judea and Samaria.
|Senior Advisor to the President|
January 20, 2017
|President||Donald Trump (elect)|
|Born||Jared Corey Kushner|
January 10, 1981
Livingston, New Jersey, U.S.
|Spouse(s)||Ivanka Trump (m. 2009)|
|Relations||Joshua Kushner (brother)|
Murray Kushner (uncle)
|Education||Harvard University (BA)|
New York University (MBA), (JD)
|Religion||Modern Orthodox Judaism|