Gatestone Institute: The U.S. State Department has backed away from a demand that Israel return $75 million in military aid which was allocated to it by the U.S. Congress.
The repayment demand, championed by U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, was described as an underhanded attempt by the State Department to derail a campaign pledge by U.S. President Donald J. Trump to improve relations with the Jewish state.
The dispute is the just the latest example of what appears to be a growing power struggle between the State Department and the White House over the future direction of American foreign policy.
Opinion: What started out to be a repudiation of the most anti-Israel administration in US history is about to become a train wreck.
October 28, 2016: “Speaking at a synagogue in Florida, Ivanka Trump assured Jewish voters that her father would 100% move the US embassy to Jerusalem.
On May 22, President Trump visited Israel as president and missed the perfect opportunity to make the embassy announcement.
According to the London-based Al-Hayat newspaper, Israel suggested that Donald Trump, who was scheduled to visit on May 22 after first going to Saudi Arabia, delay the trip by several days to coincide with the 50th anniversary of the Six Day War:
With Trump looking to broker a Mideast peace deal, he does not want to appear too biased in favor of Israel, which could be implied if he were here to mark Israel’s 1967 victories over the Arab armies, the report said.
Today, it appears that the president’s relationship with his own State Department/Congress is as divided as Jacob and Esau. In the past two months, two (here) (here) anti-Israel reports came from the office of Secretary of State.
It is not too late, Mr. President. Move the embassy (Genesis 12:3, Obadiah 1:15).
(Thanks to Vason for sending this in)