Poll: Israelis doubt Trump will move US embassy to Jerusalem

Poll: Israelis doubt Trump will move US embassy to Jerusalem
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Israelis are skeptical President-elect Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpOmar fires back at Trump over rally remarks: 'This is my country' Pelosi: Trump hurrying to fill SCOTUS seat so he can repeal ObamaCare Trump mocks Biden appearance, mask use ahead of first debate MORE will keep his promise to relocate the U.S. embassy in Israel to Jerusalem, according to a poll released Monday.

Forty-nine percent of adult Israelis doubt Trump's pledge, the Jerusalem Post/Panels Politics survey, found. 

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Thirty-eight percent thought the move is unlikely, and 11 percent are certain it will not occur.

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Thirty-eight percent are optimistic about the embassy’s relocation, with 32 percent thinking it likely and 6 percent considering it certain.

Pollsters also found Israelis are largely positive about Trump, regarding U.S.-Israel ties.

Forty-four percent believe Trump is a “true friend” of Israel, while 38 percent are unsure and 18 percent say he is not.

Trump unveiled his policy policy platform concerning Israel before his stunning victory on Election Day.

The plan revolves around safeguarding the “unbreakable bond between the United States and Israel,” wrote Jason Dov Greenblatt and David Friedman, the co-chairmen of Trump’s Israel advisory committee.

The policy also calls for growing “military cooperation and coordination” between the U.S. and Israel, long one of Washington, D.C.’s strongest allies in the Middle East.

The platform also calls for recognizing Jerusalem as “the eternal and indivisible capital of the Jewish state.”

It says that a major goal of the Trump administration is moving the U.S. embassy from Tel Aviv to the Israeli capital city.

There has long been support from lawmakers in both parties to move the embassy to Jerusalem.

But U.S. presidents from both parties, including President Obama and former Presidents George W. Bush and Bill ClintonWilliam (Bill) Jefferson ClintonChelsea Clinton: Trump isn't building public confidence in a vaccine Hillary Clinton launching podcast this month GOP brushes back charges of hypocrisy in Supreme Court fight MORE used their executive powers to block the move. The U.S. government has long called for the status of Jerusalem as Israel's capital to be resolved by negotiations between the Israelis and Palestinians.

Trump has repeatedly criticized Obama’s treatment of Israel and vowed he will improve ties as president.

The Jerusalem Post/Panel Politics conducted its latest survey of 519 adult Israelis via interviews on Nov. 15. It has a 4.5 percent margin of error.