Mark Levin: Trump ‘hugely disappointing’ on Israel embassy

Mark Levin: Trump ‘hugely disappointing’ on Israel embassy
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Conservative radio host Mark Levin on Friday criticized President Trump’s decision to keep the U.S. Embassy in Israel in Tel Aviv rather that Jerusalem.

“Hugely disappointing,” he tweeted alongside a Conservative Review article calling Trump’s move “a broken campaign promise.” “This Obama legacy remains.”

The White House on Thursday said that Trump renewed a waiver the day before keeping the U.S. Embassy in Israel in Tel Aviv instead of relocating it to Jerusalem.

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“No one should consider this step to be in any way a retreat from the president’s strong support for Israel,” the White House said in a statement. “President Trump made this decision to maximize the chances of successfully negotiating a deal between Israel and the Palestinians, fulfilling his solemn obligation to defend America’s national security interests."

“But, as he has repeatedly stated his intention to move the embassy, the question is if that move happens, but only when,” the statement said.

Trump faced a difficult choice between keeping a 2016 campaign pledge and alienating the Palestinians ahead of Thursday’s waiver deadline. Israel views Jerusalem as its undivided capital, while the Palestinians want East Jerusalem as the capital of a future, independent state.

The U.S. does not recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, and presidents from both parties have said its final status should be determined in peace talks.

The 1995 Jerusalem Embassy Act requires the American embassy to move to Jerusalem, but every president since then has signed a six-month waiver delaying the decision.

Trump repeatedly criticized former President Barack ObamaBarack Hussein ObamaAll five living former presidents to attend hurricane relief concert Overnight Health Care: Schumer calls for tying ObamaCare fix to children's health insurance | Puerto Rico's water woes worsen | Dems plead for nursing home residents' right to sue Interior moves to delay Obama’s methane leak rule MORE’s treatment of Israel during his election bid, vowing he would improve America’s relationship with it as president.