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Five Potential Developments in US-Israel Relations in 2017

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With the new year come many hopes and many changes, and the historically strong relationship between the United States and the Jewish state is no different. Our good friend at JNS, Jacob Kamaras, takes a look at five major developments that could occur between the U.S. and Israel in the coming year:

Will the U.S. Embassy in Israel move to Jerusalem?

Trump and his ambassador-designate to Israel, David Friedman, have pledged to move America’s Israeli embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. Will they follow through?

Typically, any country’s foreign embassies are located in capital cities. Israel set up its capital in Jerusalem in 1948, but many nations, including the U.S., have established their embassies in Tel Aviv as part of a refusal to recognize Israel’s annexation of eastern sections of Jerusalem and the unification of the city following the Jewish state’s victory in the 1967 Six-Day War.

Israel has been pressing nations for decades to move their embassies to Jerusalem...

Will the U.S. recognize Israel’s sovereignty in the Golan Heights?

Member of Knesset Michael Oren (Kulanu), a former Israeli ambassador to the U.S. who currently serves as deputy minister for diplomacy in the Prime Minister's Office, told Bloomberg News last month that he is urging Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to seek U.S. recognition of Israel’s control of the Golan Heights region after Trump takes office this month.

“If it weren’t for Israel’s presence, the Syria war would be spilling over to Jordan. So Israel’s presence in the Golan is indispensable for Mideast stability,” said Oren...

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