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    Every US Presidential Candidate Vowed to Move Embassy to Jerusalem But Failed

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    Each and every promise to move the US embassy to Jerusalem made on the presidential campaign trail eventually fails, Director for International Relations of the Simon Wiesenthal Center in France told Sputnik on Tuesday.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — US presidential candidates such as Robert Dole, John McCain and now Donald Trump have made similar promises. US President George W. Bush also promised to move the US embassy to the “eternal city.”

    "Every presidential elections candidate in the United States has always promised that the US embassy will be moved from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem and as soon as they are elected, it's off the table," Shimon Samuels said.

    Israel recaptured East Jerusalem from the neighboring Arab nation of Jordan 48 years ago, declaring it Israel's united and undivided capital.

    "I think it is simply verbiage and it should not be seen as realistic," Samuels added.

    A number of nations do not recognize the city's annexation and insist its status must be determined in the course of Palestinian-Israeli peace talks. In turn, Palestine seeks to establish East Jerusalem as its own independent state's capital as more members of the international community begin to recognize the Palestinian state.

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