CMEP Bulletin: Future of US Embassy Unknown

Senate Panel Approves Trump’s Israel Envoy in Near Party-Line Vote [Jewish Telegraph Agency]
According to journalists at Jewish Telegraph Agency, “In a narrow vote, the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee confirmed President Donald Trump’s pick for ambassador to Israel. The committee voted Thursday 12-9 to confirm David Friedman, mostly along party lines. Sen. Robert Menendez, D-N.J., was the only Democrat to vote in favor. The vote now goes to the full Senate.”

Liberman Tells Pence He Expects to See the US Embassy in Jerusalem Soon [The Jerusalem Post]
According to journalists at the Jerusalem Post, “On his first official visit to the United States since President Donald Trump was inaugurated in January, Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman met with his US counterpart Gen. James Mattis and Vice President Mike Pence on Tuesday to discuss shared security issues in the Middle East. According to a statement by the defense minister's office, Liberman told Pence that he expects to see the US embassy move from Tel Aviv to a new site in Jerusalem soon.”

Arab League to Resist Embassies' Move to Jerusalem [Al Monitor]
Al Monitor reports, “Arab League foreign ministers adopted a resolution Tuesday against any attempt to move diplomatic missions to Jerusalem, following Donald Trump's presidential campaign pledge to move the American embassy in Israel. The League ‘considers setting up any diplomatic mission in Jerusalem or moving it to the city an explicit attack on the rights of the Palestinian people and all Muslims and Christians.’”

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