Thursday, June 1, 2017

Trump Will Not Move US Embassy to Jerusalem; Breaks Campaign Promise, Upsets Many Israelis

U.S. President Donald Trump today (June 1, 2017) signed a waiver that delays for at least six months any plan to relocate the U.S. embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, disappointing the Israeli government and failing to adhere to a key promise he made on the campaign trail throughout 2016, according to the Times of Israel website.

The White House said: "President Trump made his decision to maximize the chances of successfully negotiating a deal between Israel and the Palestinians, fulfilling his solemn obligation to defend America's national security interests..."

Trump made no public mention of the embassy during his visit last week to Israel. Before his arrival, several Israeli ministers led by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, called on Washington to move the embassy -- a measure that would be seen as recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

Trump's conversations with various Arab leaders since early in his presidency are believed to have influenced his decision to put the move of the embassy to Jerusalem on the back burner, since such a move would hinder the Israeli-Palestinian peace process.

No comments:

Post a Comment