Trump is going back on a big Israel campaign promise

Trump is going back on a big Israel campaign promise

Trump is going back on a big Israel campaign promise

The decision by President Donald Trump comes days after his official visit to Israel, where he did not refer Jerusalem. It appears Trump is also going down this path, as the New York Times reports the president signed a new waiver Thursday.

Trump has decided not move the United States embassy in Israel to Jerusalem for the time being, with the White House insisting that his signing of a legal waiver keeping it in Tel Aviv does not signal his shying away from a major campaign promise. "Both President Abbas and Prime Minister Netanyahu assured me they are ready to reach for peace", Trump said, recapping his first trip to the region as president.

The White House left the door open for a possible U-turn when it deems it necessary as it stated "the question is not if that move happens, but only when".

The Western Wall, which is one of the holiest sights in Judaism, is in Jerusalem. Postponing the embassy move will actually make peace more hard to achieve, as it raises the false expectations of Palestinians that the city will be redivided.

Minister of State for Media Affairs Mohammad Momani said the decision shows a deep understanding of the issue's sensitivity, which will contribute to creating the environment conducive to successful peace negotiations.

This was a campaign promise that excited many Israelis and pro-Israel Christian voters.

"We are ready to to start the consultation process with the U.S. administration", Zomlot said.

US Congress approved the move in 1995 but every US President since has issued waivers every six months.

Uniquely among US Democrats, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer on Thursday harshly criticized US President Donald Trump for failing, for now, to stick to his campaign promise of moving the American embassy in Israel to Jerusalem. Palestinians want East Jerusalem to be the future capital of an independent state. "We are serious and genuine about achieving a just and lasting peace".

"While there is likely to be some backlash from his conservative base, especially evangelical voters, the fact that Trump is now personally invested in Israeli-Palestinian peacemaking may be something of an insurance policy against his having a change of heart further down the road".

Israel has claimed the entire, undivided city of Jerusalem as its capital after taking control of its eastern portion of the city in the Six-Day War of 1967.

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