While the White House has remained mum on the issue of relocating the embassy in Israel to Jerusalem, Zell said prospects for the move remain good, but argued that the transfer needed to take place quietly.
“There are some [Israeli] officials who want to hold a [public] celebration in May or June, when the waiver permitting a delay in implementing [a 1995] US law [requiring] moving the embassy will expire,” said Zell, referring to a security provision used by presidents Clinton, Bush, and Obama to avoid compliance with the Jerusalem Embassy Act of 1995.
While Trump could again invoke the security clause and defer the relocation again, Zell suggested the president would let the last deferment expire, then quietly move the embassy.
“There’s no need [to celebrate it]. We’ll make the move quietly, without any fanfare or ceremony.”
“But if people make noise [during the move], there will be serious consequences for regional cooperation.”