President Trump has had to break one of his campaign promises. The U.S. embassy in Israel will remain in Tel Aviv for the time being.
On Wednesday, the president renewed a waiver agreeing to leave the U.S. embassy in Tel Aviv, instead of moving it to Jerusalem as he had promised.
Despite a 1995 Jerusalem Embassy Act that mandates the American embassy be moved to Jerusalem, The Hill reports that every American president has signed a waiver delaying the move, every six months since it was enacted.
During his presidential campaign, Trump had received praise for stating that he would not sign the waiver – the embassy would finally be moved – but he did sign the waiver on the June 1 deadline.
In a statement released by the White House, assurance was given that Trump is not backing away from his support of Israel:
“No one should consider this step to be in any way a retreat from the president’s strong support for Israel. 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. But, as he has repeatedly stated his intention to move the embassy, the question is not if that move happens, but only when.”
His decision, however, is expected to cause backlash from some supporters who were pushing him to fulfill his promise and fully recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.
During his recent trip to the Middle East, President Trump met with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, and encouraged them to “put aside the pain and disagreements of the past and commit together to finally resolving this crisis” so there could be peace between them.
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