Trump breaks campaign promise by not moving US Embassy to Jerusalem

The White House said the decision does not affect the U.S.'s strong relationship with Israel and added that Trump still has every intention of moving the embassy in the future.

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

According to the Associated Press, the Palestinian Authority's ambassador to Washington, Hussam Zomlot, said that holding off on the move "gives peace a chance", while a spokesman for Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas said that it underscores American dedication to promoting an end to the long-standing conflict with Israel.

President Donald Trump's decision to keep the U.S. Embassy in Tel Aviv is "deeply disappointing", Rep. Ron DeSantis, R-Fla., said Thursday.

Because of the hostile negotiations between the two groups, the USA has long opted out of relocating its embassy, claiming the decision not to move it to Jerusalem is in hopes a peace agreement might emerge.

Jordan on Friday welcomed U.S. President Donald Trump's decision not to move the U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem and praised his commitment to working to reach a peace agreement between the Palestinians and the Israelis, the state-run Petra news agency reported.

As a candidate, Trump promised to make the move, which he called a sign of unwavering USA support for Israel, on his first day in office.

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The decision comes on the heels of Trump's first worldwide trip, during which he met with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas.

In a statement, the office of the Israeli prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, said that far from helping peace, the signing of the waiver would hamper it.

"Fifty years ago, the liberation of Jerusalem during the Six Day War reunited the Jewish people with their historic capital city", DeSantis, the chair of the House National Security Subcommittee, said.

Trump has reportedly been under pressure not to change the location of the US Embassy in Israel by Arab and European leaders precisely because such a move could hinder the negotiations with the Palestinians.

"We are ready to start the consultation process with the U.S. administration. We are serious and genuine about achieving a just and lasting peace", he said. "Although disappointed at the failure to transfer the embassy at this time, Israel appreciates the president's friendly words and obligation to transfer the embassy at a later time".

The exterior of the US Embassy building in the Israeli city of Tel Aviv, on January 20, 2017.

Commenting on the matter, Education Minister Naftali Bennett said that "peace based on the division of Jerusalem is impossible". The most recent waiver expired on June 1. Both are in the Old City, part of east Jerusalem.

Abdullah in particular expressed deep concern that moving the U.S. Embassy would spark unrest among his country's large Palestinian population.

  • Leroy Wright