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White House Says It Has Not Decided on Moving U.S. Embassy in Israel

HeadlinesJan 24, 2017
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White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer said Monday the United States has not decided whether it will attempt to take the controversial step of moving the U.S. Embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. The move is fiercely opposed by Palestinians and much of the world community. This is Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas.

President Mahmoud Abbas: "We say to Mr. Trump that we hope he will not move the embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, because Jerusalem, from the Israeli point of view, is a united city, and this is not correct and illegal. Therefore, moving the embassy to any place will be a step ahead of anything that may happen in the future, and will damage the peace process. Also, we hope to stop these comments and to start negotiations based on international legitimacy."

That was Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas. During Monday’s news conference, Sean Spicer also refused to answer repeated questions by reporters about what the national unemployment rate is. He ultimately claimed the Bureau of Labor Statistics puts out "several versions" of this figure.

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