Trump signs waiver keeping US embassy in Tel Aviv

02 June 2017, 01:48 | Andres Norman

Israel's political system reacts to US President Donald Trump's decision today (Thursday) to sign the waiver to postpone the US embassy's transfer to Jerusalem by another 6 months. This decision will likely disappoint Israel supporters but gives the president a better chance of reaching a peace deal.

For the Palestinians who want east Jerusalem as the capital of a future state, Bennett's conditions risk derailing any negotiations that unfold - that is, unless Netanyahu brings the Labor party into the fold and sidelines Bennett.

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump kept a campaign promise by announcing Thursday that he is immediately withdrawing the US from a global climate pact. "It would advance it by amending a historic wrong and by shattering the Palestinian fantasy that Jerusalem isn't the capital of Israel", Netanyahu said.

The official also defended the fact that Trump not moving the embassy was breaking a key campaign promise.

Earlier on Thursday, Trump signed a waiver delaying the relocation of the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, according to USA media reports.

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Rep. Lee Zeldin (R-NY), co-chairman of the House Republican Israel Caucus, said in a Thursday statement that "Jerusalem is absolutely where our embassy belongs", being the locale of not only major religious sites but Israeli government operations. "But, as he has repeatedly stated his intention to move the embassy, the question is not if the move happens, but only when".

Trump waited until the last minute Wednesday to sign the presidential waiver allowing the embassy to remain in Tel Aviv despite a congressional mandate that it be moved.

"Our fundamental problem is with the occupation and settlements, and failure of Israel to recognize the state of Palestine in the same way we recognize it, which undermines the realization of the two-state solution", Abbas said. "The President knows that Jerusalem is the eternal and undivided capital of Israel and we strongly believe that the location of our embassy should reflect that reality".

Trump's move to renew the waiver for six months keeps the US embassy in Tel Aviv for now. He reportedly was convinced on his recent visit to Saudi Arabia and to the Palestinian Authority that moving the embassy at this time would imperil such a deal.

"The campaign promise is that the United States is going to take this action and that it is a question of when and not if", the official said. The embassy was supposed to be moved in 1999, but every Republican and Democratic president since has used their powers to keep the embassy in Tel Aviv.



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