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Israeli Ambassador Dermer: ‘I Hope That Is the Last Waiver.’

Israel’s Ambassador to the United States, Ron Dermer, gently prodded the Trump administration to avoid issuing a second waiver for a six-month delay in the moving of the U.S. embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

“I hope that is the last waiver,” Dermer said, speaking during a discussion with Ralph Reed at the Faith and Freedom Coalition’s Road to Majority Conference in Washington. “Obviously, we hope every country moves its embassy to Jerusalem, it’s only been the capital of the Jewish people for three thousand years. We hope countries would move their embassies and recognize Jerusalem as the capital not only of the Jewish people, but also of the Jewish state.”

“Plus, you get better real estate prices if you get in early,” he joked.

Dermer also appealed to Trump’s desire to have a historic presidency. “King Cyrus, twenty-five-hundred years ago, let the Jews rebuild the Temple in Jerusalem. If you’re a president who wants to be remembered for two thousand years, move the embassy to Jerusalem.”

Dermer said that U.S.–Israeli relations “are very strong and getting stronger. President Trump is a true friend, there is no question about that, and there is no question about Vice President Mike Pence, who has been a friend of Israel throughout his career.”

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