Why the Embassy Has Not Yet Been Moved?

Dr. Joseph Frager,

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Dr. Joseph Frager
The writer is a leading American pro-Israel activist who sponsors and coordinates many Zionist events. He is clinical Assistant Professor, Department of Medicine (Gastroenterology & Liver Diseases) at the Einstein School of Medicine as well as a practicing physician.

One thing all can agree upon is that President Donald Trump is moving as fast as anyone to fulfill his campaign promises.

He is a mover and a shaker. He has indeed moved mountains already. The world is vastly different today than just one month ago. It was not just Iran that was put on notice but the whole world. Bad behavior will not be tolerated.

In my opinion the world was saved from the abyss with the election of President Trump. Iran remains the number one problem in the world and strategies are being developed to make sure Iran is taken care of. The number two problem is North Korea and because they already possess a nuclear weapon they will have to be dealt with differently.

I fully expect the President to solve these two vexing problems. They are not insurmountable but they are complex and difficult. Now to the question of the why the embassy has not yet been moved from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. For starters the President was indeed fully prepared to sign the necessary paperwork on his first week in office(I wish he had). I have been told by reliable sources that a ceremony was being prepared for just this purpose. Something happened.

There are a number of theories. One of the most popular is that Jordan's King Abdullah who met with the President unofficially on Feb. 2nd put the cabash on it. It is not clear what actually was said. Various news outlets said that he said that the move would give ISIS more excuses to attack around the globe.

Others maintain he said that if you Mr. President want to bring about a peace accord from the "outside-in" which would include Jordan the moving the embassy will make it difficult for Jordan to join. This indeed gets to the heart of the problem. The "outside-in" approach has been tried previously and failed when Saudi Arabia came up with the Crown Prince Abdullah Peace plan in 2002.

No matter the plan the Arabs always seem to ask Israel to make all the concessions including on giving up on moving the embassy. Once the monkey wrench was thrown in by King Abdullah various cabinet members voiced their concerns about the move. Hence, the embassy remains at the moment in Tel Aviv.

This will all change, G-d willing, when David Friedman finally gets confirmed as Ambassador to Israel. I fully believe that the President will fulfill his campaign promise to move the embassy to Jerusalem-Israel's eternal capital, once and for all.