In March 2016, then-candidate Donald Trump gave a speech to the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC), where he made this promise:
“We will move the American Embassy to the eternal capital of the Jewish people, Jerusalem.”
Some time after his AIPAC appearance, Trump was asked in a TV interview if he had a timeline for the embassy move. He simply stated that it would happen, “fairly quickly.”
Apparently, “fairly quickly” has a different meaning to “Israel’s biggest friend” than it does to the rest of the world because Trump just announced for the third time this year that he won’t be relocating the embassy to Jerusalem.
Prior to each announcement, Trump set the washer on "spin" as he tried to give the American people the impression that he really was going to keep his promise to relocate the embassy.
Before yesterday’s announcement Mike Pence appeared at Queens Museum for a reenactment of the UN vote that established the Jewish state 70 years ago. In a speech, Pence told attendees that Trump was “actively considering the embassy move” which is politispeak for "We lied when we promised to move the embassy, but if we throw a bone to our loyal cult following by telling them we are actively considering it, we can stretch our lie indefinitely.
Pence also stated that under the Trump administration “America will always stand with Israel.” Apparently, we won’t be doing any of that standing in Jerusalem.
The hypocrisy in Trump’s repeated flip-flops is that he continues to claim his undying support for Israel while simultaneously caving to the demands of the Palestinians. For example, Trump claims that he can use the embassy relocation as leverage to force the Palestinians to the negotiation table, but then he justifies his decision not to relocate it by claiming that the move gives the terrorist organization a reason not to seek peace.
The bottom line is that Trump continues to lie about his intentions regarding Israel and the Middle East. Meanwhile, our strongest democratic ally in the region is left wondering if America can truly be counted on.