White House: Trump postponed embassy move to maximize chances of Israeli-Palestinian peace

The White House confirmed on Thursday that U.S. President Donald Trump has signed the waiver postponing the move of the U.S. Embassy in Israel to Jerusalem for six months. “President Trump made this decision to maximize the chances of successfully negotiating a deal between Israel and the Palestinians,” stated the White House.
Trump and the embassy in Tel Aviv Photo Credit: Krokodyl, Sky News/Channel 2 News

U.S. President Donald Trump signed the waiver postponing the move of the U.S. Embassy in Israel to Jerusalem on Thursday, meaning that the embassy will remain in Tel Aviv for now. The waiver Trump signed delays the relocation, which was approved in 1995 by Congress, for another six months.

“While President Donald J. Trump signed the waiver under the Jerusalem Embassy Act and delayed moving the U.S. Embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, no one should consider this step to be in any way a retreat from the President's strong support for Israel and for the United States-Israel alliance," the White House said in a statement.

“President Trump made this 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,” the statement continued. “But, as he has repeatedly stated his intention to move the embassy, the question is not if that move happens, but only when.”



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