A cross-section of Jerusalemites expressed cautious optimism that President-elect Donald Trump will finally relocate the US Embassy from Tel Aviv to the capital, noting that such a move would make a powerful statement to the world, while conceding it could exacerbate tensions.
As rain and sleet poured down on the city amid high winds on Wednesday afternoon, Adi Bukshpan and Lev Rovinsky, both 26, took refuge in The Coffee Bean on Jaffa Road, where they ate lunch.
“I think it’s more important for Americans than Israelis to have the embassy moved to Jerusalem because it’s a political statement since the city is in dispute,” said Bukshpan, a linguistics student at the Hebrew University.
“But I don’t think most Israelis know where the foreign embassies are, or why they are in Tel Aviv.”
Asked if she supported the proposal, Bukshpan replied, “The city is complicated enough to live in, so posting diplomatic people here will add to that.”
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