Jordan commends Trump's stance on Israel US embassy

The White House says President Donald Trump chose to delay moving the USA embassy to Jerusalem to maximize chances of reaching a peace deal between Israelis and Palestinians. "We are serious and genuine about achieving a just and lasting peace", he said.

Trump's move is likely to generate disappointment among the Israelis and their leadership as they view the moving of the US Embassy to Jerusalem as an endorsement of Israel's claims on the city as its capital.

The Ramallah-based Palestinian Authority (PA) has welcomed a decision by U.S. President Donald Trump to keep the U.S. embassy in Israel in the city of Tel Aviv instead of relocating it to Jerusalem. The president was referring to the Palestinian leader's claim that youth in the PA-administered areas are raised in a "culture of peace".

The White House left the door open for a possible U-turn when it deems it necessary as it stated "the question is not if that move happens, but only when". Palestinians want East Jerusalem to be the future capital of an independent state.

Israel's prime minister says the USA decision not to move its embassy to Jerusalem has hurt the prospects for peace with the Palestinians. We are certain that the Trump Administration is very well aware that no Israeli Prime Minister will ever cede sovereignty over Jerusalem. That's what Press Secretary Sean Spicer said in his daily briefing, Friday.

Move the Embassy or not to move it?

The waiver has been signed by every USA president since 1995, and it is valid for six months at a time.

Since taking over the White House, President Trump has spoken of brokering a peace deal but has said that the United States can not impose any agreement and the two nations must work to resolve the issuee.

Moving the embassy would likely indicate a change in USA policy toward recognizing Israel's claim to a united Jerusalem.

Spicer says the six-month waiver Trump signed Thursday shouldn't be considered a retreat from Trump's "strong support for Israel" and for the alliance between the USA and Israel. Trump made this decision to better negotiate in the Israeli-Palestinian peace process, according to a White House statement. Trump has said he's reviewing whether to fulfill his campaign promise to move it to Jerusalem. Presidents of both parties have renewed the waiver every six months for years.

  • Leroy Wright