Israel criticises Trump over embassy delay

Trump backs off plan to move US embassy to Jerusalem ... for now

Trump backs off plan to move US embassy to Jerusalem ... for now

During the 2016 presidential campaign, Trump promised several times to move the U.S. embassy, which like other global missions is now located in Tel Aviv because of Jerusalem's disputed status.

A rolling presidential waiver blocking a law passed by Congress in 1995 dictating that the American embassy be relocated to Jerusalem has been renewed annually by the administrations of former presidents Barack Obama, George W. Bush, and Bill Clinton.

"If you really would like to give peace a chance, move the embassy to Jerusalem", Hotovely told the Breaking Israel News website during a Christian Zionist tour in the West Bank.

Vice President Mike Pence and others in the Trump administration, including Friedman, have said it's not a question of "if" the move will take place but "when" it will happen.

Moreover, it was cleared that the United States did not reportedly consider settlements as an obstacle to peace.

"We became half a million Jews in Judea and Samaria [the West Bank] and we will become one million", Ariel said.

In August the USA delegation of officials led by Trump's senior adviser Jared Kushner went on a Middle East trip aiming to further peace talks between Palestine and Israel. The four USA presidents in office since that law passed, including most recently Trump, have used a presidential waiver to postpone the actual relocation of the embassy.

Trump promised details of his peace plan, including a decision on the timeframe of an embassy move, "in the not-too-distant future".

"I want to give that a shot before I even think about moving the embassy to Jerusalem", Trump said, referring to his efforts to revive Israeli-Palestinian peace talks.

"We're working on a plan that everybody says will never work", he said.

The Women Wage Peace group was established after the latest Israeli-Palestinian war in 2014 which killed around 2,100 Palestinians, majority civilians. "If that doesn't work, which it's possible that it won't, to be totally honest, most people say it's an impossible deal".

Several reports have suggested that the deal may include the normalization of ties between Israel and the Arab world.

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