Poll: Israelis Doubt Trump Will Move Embassy

YERUSHALAYIM -

Almost half of Israelis are skeptical about U.S. president-elect Donald Trump’s intention to carry out his promise to move the embassy from Tel Aviv to Yerushalayim, according to a new poll, The Jerusalem Post reported on Monday.

Some 38 percent of respondents to the Panels Politics poll said it was unlikely, while 11 percent said he definitely will not do so.

On the other side, 6 percent think Trump definitely will move the embassy, and 32 say it is likely.
In 1995, Congress passed the Jerusalem Embassy Act, mandating that the embassy must be moved by May 31, 1999; but President Barack Obama and his predecessors Bill Clinton and George W. Bush used executive privilege and did not implement the act.

The poll also found that 44 percent of the Israeli public consider Trump to be a true friend of Israel, 18 percent said he wasn’t, and over a third, 38 percent said they did not know.

Meanwhile, World Jewish Congress President Ronald Lauder told the Post in an interview that “I am confident that President-elect Donald Trump, who I’ve had the pleasure of knowing for nearly 50 years, will be a strong and resolute advocate for [Israel].”