Reprinted with thanks to Politico.
Presidents are used to receiving unsolicited advice. Here’s something for President Donald Trump to ponder as he packs his bags for Israel: Many Israelis really don’t care whether the United States moves its embassy to Jerusalem.
Latest reports now suggest that Trump has decided to forestall such a move for the foreseeable future. His path to this destination, after indications that he would eschew the example of all his predecessors, has been tortuous.
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Shalom Lipner, WIF Alum (Class 16), is a nonresident senior fellow of the Center for Middle East Policy at the Brookings Institution. From 1990 to 2016, he served seven consecutive premiers at the Prime Minister’s Office in Jerusalem. He holds a BA in International Relations from the University of Toronto, an MA in International Relations from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, an MSM in Management Science from Boston University and Ben-Gurion University of the Negev and an MPA in Public Administration from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government. He can be found on Twitter @ShalomLipner.