President Trump has decided against moving the American embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, at least for now.
Trump signed a biyearly waiver on Thursday to the 1995 Jerusalem Embassy Act, a law whose purpose is to initiate and fund the relocation of the embassy. Presidents Clinton, Bush and Obama also signed waivers to delay the law taking effect, seeing the act as an infringement of the executive branch’s authority over foreign policy.
While the move is viewed as a significant reversal of a campaign promise, Trump cited his desire to negotiate a peace deal between Israel and the Palestinians as his reason for signing the waiver.
Soon after the election, the Trump team made no secret about its devotion to the Jewish state, vowing to be the “best friend Israel ever had,” but by any estimation such expressions of fealty are not conducive to a fair, neutral negotiation process.
According to one American official, however, Trump still intends to move the embassy.
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