EDITOR's NOTES: US President Donald Trump to make his first official visit abroad.... in Israel
So US President Donald Trump is likely to make his first official visit abroad… in Israel !
No previous US President has visited Israel in the first months of his term.
A two-day visit on May 22 which will coincide with the celebration by Israel of the reunification of Jerusalem (Yom Yerushalayim, Jerusalem Day) as the country will also mark 50 years since the Six Day War.
Two days later, Trump will be in Brussels to attend the NATO summit meeting.
During his stay in Israel, the American leader is expected to visit Yad Vashem, the Holocaust Remembrance Memorial and Center and the Old City of Jerusalem.
Will he use the opportunity of this visit to advance on his electoral campaign promise to move the US embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem ? This is possible because on June 1st a waiver signed by Trump’s predecessor Barack Obama delaying the embassy relocation will expire.
In 1995, US Congress passed a law mandating the US Embassy be moved to Jerusalem, but allowed the president to exercise a six-month waiver on national security grounds.
The transfer of the embassy to Jerusalem would be a highly symbolic move valued by Israel as a confirmation of the city as Israel's '’eternal and undivided’’ capital,
The new US ambassador to Israel, David Friedman, who will take his post soon, is a fervent supporter of the move, saying in December following the announcement of his nomination that he was eager to begin working from “the US Embassy in Israel’s eternal capital, Jerusalem.”