VIA| On Monday morning, GOP presidential front-runner Donald Trump revealed that he would move the U.S. Embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, which would legitimatize Jerusalem as the nation’s capital.
“Yes, I would,” he replied when CNN host Wolf Blitzer asked him whether he would consider such a move, according to Yahoo News. “The fact is I would like to see it moved, I would like to see it in Jerusalem.”
“There’s nobody more pro-Israel than I am,” he added. “We have to protect Israel. Israel is so important to us.”
Trump echoed a similar sentiments hours later, when he delivered a speech at the American Israel Public Affairs Committee’s policy conference in Washington, D.C.
“We will move the U.S. embassy to the eternal capital of the Jewish people, Jerusalem,” he said during the 25-minute-long speech. “I love the people in this room; I love Israel.”
In fact, he loves it far more than President Barack Obama, who along with the United Nations has preferred that Jerusalem remain an “international city” tied to no specific nation — and that any changes to the city be negotiated between the Israelis and Palestinians.
“When I’m president, believe me, I will veto any attempt by the U.N. to impose its will on the Jewish state,” Trump added. “It will be vetoed 100 percent.”
The GOP front-runner said that he believed the sovereign nation of Israel should be able to do with its cities, including Jerusalem, whatever it deems fit.
Obama disagrees, though to be fair, former Presidents George W. Bush, a Republican, and Bill Clinton, a Democrat, felt the same as him. They argued that remaining neutral on Jerusalem would be better for America’s national security interests.
Trump apparently prefers pursuing his own path on this matter, for better or worse.