Trump is going back on a big Israel campaign promise

Katrina Barker
June 3, 2017

President Donald Trump is expected to renew the waiver that keeps the United States embassy in Tel Aviv, avoiding, for now, a controversial move to Jerusalem, several senior administration and diplomatic sources told CNN.

On the campaign trail, Trump's pro-Israel rhetoric raised expectations that he would act quickly to move the embassy.

The same official said that while Trump may not authorize the move this week, the President still envisions moving the embassy at some point.

A 1995 law compelling the US State Department to relocate its embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem requires action from Trump on Thursday.

There was intense speculation earlier this month that Trump would use the visit to Israel - which came just before Jerusalem Day, when Israel commemorated 50 years since the Six Day War - to announce the move. And they would like the eastern part of it, the predominantly Arab part of the city to become a capital of their future state. So. As such, should the incumbent president abstain from issuing a new waiver, the provisions of the law will go into full effect.

Elkin, a confidant of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, said that while Trump's foreign policy is "completely" different from Obama's, the USA president is still singing the same tune as his predecessor when it comes to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Despite that, most experts are sceptical of Trump's chances for achieving a peace deal that eluded other USA presidents.

"I am personally committed to helping Israelis and Palestinians achieve a peace agreement".

"We will wait. We waited 69 years, we will wait 70 years", he said. "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".

Abbas said the Palestinians would work for peace but their "fundamental problem is with the occupation and settlements and the failure of Israel to recognize the state of Palestine as we recognize it".

President Donald Trump kept a campaign promise by announcing Thursday that he is immediately withdrawing the USA from a global climate pact.

But Netanyahu's office said Israel appreciated Trump's statement of "friendship".

The US president will delay the controversial relocation, diplomatic sources told Reuters, after Trump met Israeli and Palestinian leaders last month. "I was disappointed", Environmental Protection Minister Ze'ev Elkin told Israel Radio. They haven't wanted to take sides on the issue, so they've kept their embassies in the Tel Aviv area.

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