2008 Obama: “Let me be clear. Israel’s security is sacrosanct. It is non-negotiable.
“The Palestinians need a state that is contiguous and cohesive, and that allows them to prosper — but any agreement with the Palestinian people must preserve Israel’s identity as a Jewish state, with secure, recognised and defensible borders.
“Jerusalem will remain the capital of Israel, and it must remain undivided. I have no illusions that this will be easy.”
2000: George W. Bush – een duidelijke belofte
“Something will happen when I’m president: as soon as I take office I will begin the process of moving the US ambassador to the city Israel has chosen as its capital.”
1993: Bill Clinton steunt het principe van de verhuis naar Jeruzalem. Echter geen belofte.
In 2000 klonk het “ik zou wel willen, maar…”
“I have always wanted to move our embassy to west Jerusalem. We have a designated site there. I have not done so because I didn’t want to do anything to undermine our ability to help to broker a secure and fair and lasting peace for Israelis and for Palestinians.”