Reform Judaism group says Trump embassy decision ill-timed

December 6, 2017

BOSTON (AP) — The Union for Reform Judaism in the U.S. is calling President Donald Trump’s anticipated announcement recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s capital “ill-timed.”

Organization President Rabbi Rick Jacobs said in a statement Wednesday that while the reform movement believes “Jerusalem is the eternal capital of the Jewish people” and the U.S. Embassy should be moved from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, now is not the time.

Jacobs said “we cannot support his decision to begin preparing that move now, absent a comprehensive plan for a peace process.”

The nonprofit is based in New York City.

Some Massachusetts residents oppose the decision, saying it will create more problems in the Middle East and waste money. Others said Trump is fulfilling a campaign pledge.

President Trump’s anticipated announcement has drawn criticism from across the Arab and Muslim world.

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