At issue: can U.S. move embassy quickly?

Friday, December 8, 2017
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Chad Groening (OneNewsNow.com)

Trump at AIPACA veteran conservative activist and longtime supporter of Israel predicts moving the U.S. embassy to Jerusalem will not happen quickly. A U.S. senator, meanwhile, says it can be done easily.

Gary Bauer of Campaign for Working Families says security issues must be addressed if the United States governmentsmoves its embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

In a White House speech this week, President Donald Trump announced that he's "determined that it is time to officially recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel," which will include moving the U.S. embassy to Judaism's historic city.

"The consulate in Jerusalem has never been seen as having a security problem," Bauer advises, "but once it would designated as the U.S. embassy in Jerusalem, it would immediately have security problems."

Bauer, Gary (American Values)A search for a suitable building site is the next step, he says, as well as likely "foot dragging" by the State Department.

In a separate interview with OneNewsNow, U.S. Sen. Roger Wicker (R-Miss) suggested moving the embassy is a relatively easy task.

Wicker, Roger (R-Mississippi)"As a matter of fact," the senator says, "there are a number of facilities there that we simply hang the sign out front and say, This is the embassy – and we'll enlarge or move or expand later on."

Wicker voted for the 1995 Jerusalem Embassy Act as a freshman congressman.

Bauer, meanwhile, says he is convinced that the White House is committed to moving the embassy, which he calls a repudiation of Barack Obama in the waning days of his presidency.

"When he was a lame duck leaving office and he directed that we would not veto an anti-Israel resolution at the United Nations," recalls Bauer, "that was a shameful moment that brought cheer to anti-Semites and to anti-Israel diplomats at the UN."

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