President Donald Trump will keep his pledge to move the U.S. embassy in Israel to Yerushalayim, former New York City Mayor Rudolph Giuliani said, despite Palestinian warnings that such a step would spark violence and sabotage the prospect of renewed peace talks.
Traveling to Israel with messages from Trump to Prime Minister Bibi Netanyahu, Giuliani said the new U.S. president and his advisers will probably take “six months or so” to develop a new strategy for American peace efforts in the Middle East. How and when the U.S. moves the embassy will be discussed when Netanyahu visits the White House in early February, Giuliani said.
“I think you’ve got to wait a little bit, but it will get done,” Giuliani said of the embassy move, speaking in an interview at the Tel Aviv offices of Greenberg Traurig. He heads the law firm’s global Cybersecurity, Privacy and Crisis Management practice.
Trump realizes the embassy decision “implicates four or five countries and how they’re going to react,” Giuliani said. “He needs to know how the prime minister of Israel is going to react and how he wants to see something like this done.”
Trump on Thursday told Fox News it was too early for him to speak publicly on the issue.
Giuliani dismissed Palestinian warnings that moving the embassy would ignite the whole region.
“I think this country is capable of dealing with waves of violence,” the former mayor said.
Giuliani predicted Netanyahu and Trump would have a “very, very good, collaborative relationship,” as opposed to what he described as the “hostile relationship” between President Barack Obama and the Israeli leader.
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