Israeli Officials: U.S. Considering ‘Interim Measures’ to Speed up Jerusalem Embassy Move

A general view taken on January 13, 2017 shows the Dome of the Rock at the Al-Aqsa mosque compound in the Old City of Jerusalem. An international conference being held in Paris January 15, 2107 is the latest of many bids to forge peace between Israel and the Palestinians. Israel …
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The Times of Israel reports:  Sources in the Prime Minister’s Office on Thursday said the US is considering “interim measures” that would allow for its embassy to be moved to Jerusalem within a year, clarifying comments made earlier by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu that were subsequently rebuffed by US President Donald Trump.

Netanyahu, on a visit to India, had earlier this week expressed confidence that Trump would quickly fulfill his pledge to relocate the embassy, telling reporters it would happen “much faster than people think, within a year from today.”

But when asked about the prime minister’s comment in an interview with the Reuters news agency, Trump said Netanyahu was mistaken. “By the end of the year?” he asked. “We’re talking about different scenarios — I mean obviously that would be on a temporary basis. We’re not really looking at that. That’s no.”

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