US Embassy move to Jerusalem a 'big priority' for Trump, aide says
(Israel Hayom/Exclusive to JNS.org) Moving the U.S. Embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem "is a very big priority for President-elect Donald Trump," his campaign manager, Kellyanne Conway, told conservative radio talk show host Hugh Hewitt Monday.
The Israeli Prime Minister's Office did not respond to the comments, but an Israeli government official said the Jewish state is generally prepared to discuss any potential matter with the new American administration.
In recent years, many U.S. presidential candidates have promised to move the embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, but the move has never occurred. According to Conway, however, Trump has every intention of living up to his promise.
"He made that very clear during the campaign," she said. "And as president-elect, I've heard him repeat it several times privately, if not publicly."
Conway also expressed dismay that moving the embassy had not been pursued sooner.
"It's something that our friends in Israel, our great friend in the Middle East, Israel, would appreciate," she said. "It's something that a lot of Jewish Americans also have expressed their preference for."