Rudy Giuliani, Trump’s cybersecurity adviser, told The Jerusalem Post that moving the US embassy in Israel to Jerusalem was still ‘under active consideration.’
Former Mayor of New York City Rudy Giuliani, cybersecurity adviser for the Trump administration, said in an exclusive interview with the Jerusalem Post that the plan to move the US embassy in Tel Aviv to Jerusalem was being discussed.
“It is under active consideration,” Giuliani told the Post. “That is something that the president will have to decide.”
At the same time, Giuliani, who had personally encouraged the embassy move, said that Trump has not changed his mind on the issue as expressed during the presidential campaign.
“I don’t think his position has changed in any way,” Giuliani said, stressing that the president is now faced with a number of necessary consultative steps in order to proceed with the move.
“I think that now that he is in office, there are a lot more facts and arguments and people you have to consult with before you make a final decision, and it is a more deliberative process,” Giuliani stated in the interview.
Moving the embassy must “be worked out carefully with the Israeli government, so that it is done in a way they are comfortable with,” he added.
Regarding Israel’s announcement on Tuesday of plans to build 2,500 housing units in Judea and Samaria, the White House made no comment.
“No comment is a lot different than saying you shouldn’t do it, or that it is wrong, or hurts the peace process,” Guiliani told the Post, apparently referring to the Obama administration’s abstention from UN Security Council Resolution 2334 last month that condemned Israeli communities in eastern Jerusalem, Judea and Samaria as well as then Secretary of State John Kerry’s State Department address slamming the “settlements.”
“This shows you that there is a different position in Washington than there was before,” Guiliani said. Any further strategy on the issue, he continued, is “best left to a private discussion between the president and the prime minister, which can now take place because there is a much closer relationship.”
By: World Israel News Staff