Trump delays decision to move US Embassy to Jerusalem

The statement said that despite disappointment that that the embassy will not be moved, "Israel appreciates the friendly words of President Trump and his commitment to move the embassy to Jerusalem at a later date".

President Donald Trump has signed a waiver to prevent moving the American embassy in Israel to Jerusalem, failing to follow through on a repeated campaign pledge that helped garner strong support from the Israeli people and government.

Trump faced a deadline of Thursday to renew the waiver or to possibly see the U.S. Department of State lose half of its funding for overseas facilities if the Embassy was not moved to Jerusalem.

However, on Wednesday, a senior administration official said President Trump does not want to disrupt any potential for peace between Israel and Palestine, which he believes is close at hand.

During last year's election campaign, Trump had vowed to move the United States embassy from Tel Aviv to Israel. It means that the promise Mr. Trump made on the campaign trail previous year will not yet be fulfilled.

President Trump signed a waiver Thursday that delayed moving the USA embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

"Over the course of my lifetime, I've always heard that perhaps the toughest deal to make is the deal between the Israelis and the Palestinians", Trump said during a joint press conference with Abbas, according to NPR. After the president and his advisers spoke to Arab leaders, including during Trump's "tremendous" May visit to Saudi Arabia, the administration started to cool on his promise to move the embassy.

"We are ready to start the consultation process with the USA administration", he said after Trump's announcement.

Palestinian officials applauded the waiver signing, saying Trump's move "gives peace a chance". Israel captured Arab East Jerusalem during the 1967 Middle East war and later annexed it, a move not recognized internationally.

Israel's prime minister says the US decision not to move its embassy to Jerusalem has hurt the prospects for peace with the Palestinians. President Obama had renewed the waiver in early December.

Proponents of the move argue that not moving the embassy is a major strategic error that only empowers America's adversaries and damages Israel's standing in the world.

"Peace can never take root in an environment where violence is tolerated, funded and even rewarded", Trump said.

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