Jordan welcomes decision delaying embassy move

Tel Aviv, Ramallah- US President Donald Trump decided temporarily on Thursday not to move the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, appeasing the Palestinian Authority but angering Israel. If the USA was to decide to move the embassy to Jerusalem, the consulate maintained there would likely be temporarily converted to the embassy.

Although Trump signed a waiver, he could still move the embassy after six months, or issue an executive order overriding the waiver before it expires. Like Bill Clinton and George W. Bush, Trump made a campaign promise to move the embassy.

President Trump says never mind about moving a USA embassy to Jerusalem, at least he won't do it now, according to the White House.

It explained the president's decision to defer the move for the foreseeable future as necessary to "maximize the chances of successfully negotiating a deal between Israel and the Palestinians". The State Department, however recommended against an embassy move, one USA official said.

Press secretary Sean Spicer reiterated in a statement that the president is still committed in his support for Israel and to the eventual embassy move.

He said Ramallah had serious concerns Trump could push for a regional peace initiative between Israel and the Gulf states before a solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is reached. Trump's renewal of the waiver was met with disappointment from Israeli ministers. He also did not mention a future with an Israeli and Palestinian state side by side, nor did he bring up the status of Jerusalem.

FILE - In this May 23, 2017 file photo, President Donald Trump arrives to speak at the Israel Museum in Jerusalem.

During the 2016 presidential campaign, Trump vowed he would expedite the move.

The decision is a blow to Israeli hard-liners and their American backers who have long urged the United States and others to build their embassies in Jerusalem.

Abu Rudeineh went on to say the PA would continue working with Trump and his administration in hopes of achieving a "just and lasting peace".

The Jerusalem Post reported Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu made an unsuccessful eleventh-hour play to convince the U.S.to stick to its promise of finally relocating the diplomatic offices.

The Palestinian Authority applauded Trump's decision, saying it showed the U.S. administration is serious about making peace between Israelis and Palestinians.

And since 1980, Israel's said all of Jerusalem is its capital city.

"I do believe", Jeffress tells OneNewsNow, "that the Trump administration will eventually fulfil their commitment in moving our embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem".

That letter mentioned language in the Republican Party's 2016 platform that reads: "We recognize Jerusalem as the eternal and indivisible capital of the Jewish state and call for the American embassy to be moved there in fulfillment of USA law".

"But with determination, compromise and the belief that peace is possible, Israelis and Palestinians can make a deal", he said.

Republicans and Democrats alike have lent their support to 50 years of Israeli occupation of the Gaza Strip and the West Bank, including East Jerusalem.

Palestinians want East Jerusalem - including the Old City and its sites holy to Muslims, Jews and Christians - to become the capital of their eventual state.

  • Leroy Wright