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Mayor Pete: I Would Keep the U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem

Pete Buttigieg said he would not reverse President Trump’s decision to move the U.S. embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

By NTK Staff | 06.17.2019 @10:07am

South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg (D-IN) said in an interview with “Axios on HBO” that he would not move the U.S. embassy in Israel back to Tel Aviv if he were president.

In late 2017, Trump announced that the U.S. now recognized Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and that he intended to move the U.S. embassy to Jerusalem as well. The Israeli government announced shortly thereafter that it would name a new train station at the Western Wall after Trump.

Buttigieg’s position on the issue is somewhat unique, given that many Democrats harshly criticized Trump for the move back in 2017. Many Democrats claimed “it would inflame the region and ruin chances for peace between the Palestinians and Israel.”

“I think what’s done is done,” Buttigieg told Axios’ Mike Allen.

“So you would leave it?” Allen asked.

“Look, we need a big-picture strategy on the Middle East. I don’t know that we’d gain much by moving it to Tel Aviv. I will say —” Buttigieg said.

“So President Trump did the right thing?” Allen interjected.

“I didn’t say that,” Buttigieg responded.

“Well you did — you wouldn’t undo it,” Allen pointed out.

“That doesn’t mean he did the right thing. Here’s the problem with what he did … [I]f you’re going to make a concession like that, if you’re going to give somebody something that they’ve wanted for a long time in the context of a push-pull, even with a strong ally like Israel, right? We have a push-pull relationship,” Buttigieg said. “And you don’t do that without getting some kind of concession. Instead, we’ve seen the Israeli government continue to act in ways that are detrimental to peace. And I believe, therefore, also detrimental to U.S. interests.”

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