The embassy move from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem is expected to start May 14.
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When the Stars and Stripes is hoisted over the new U.S. Embassy in occupied Jerusalem next month, it will be a physical milestone in a broader, striking shift by the Trump administration away from a half-century of traditional U.S. policy toward Israel and the Palestinians.The expected May 14 move of the embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem will be just the latest in a series of steps the administration has taken that have delighted Israelis and both angered and alienated Palestinians.Taken together, the moves indicate that Trump intends to make good on his unabashedly pro-Israel campaign promises at the expense of long-standing U.S. humanitarian and political commitments to the Palestinians.The White House pushes back on criticism that the administration has been unfair to the Palestinians. In January, the administration announced it was suspending almost half of a planned $125 million package of assistance to the U.N. Relief and Works Agency, which provides services to Palestinians.Of $251 million in U.S. aid that had been budgeted to go to the Palestinians in the current budget year that ends in September, none of it has been obligated for specific programs and only $92 – just 92 dollars – has been spent, according to the State Department's Foreign Assistance website (www.foreignassistance.gov).
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