President Trump Officially Delays Moving US Embassy From Tel Aviv to Jerusalem

But since coming to office in January, Mr Trump has met Israeli and Palestinian leaders both in Washington and in a visit to the region last week, and has committed himself to seeking a long-elusive final peace deal between the two sides.

A law passed by Congress in 1995 mandates the embassy's relocation to Jerusalem but includes language allowing the president to waive its enforcement for six months "on grounds of national interests".

Oren, a member of the centrist Kulanu party, said Trump had lost credibility with some Israelis who believed him when he promised during his campaign for the presidency to move the embassy.

The White House also said in the statement that while Trump's signing of the waiver under the Jerusalem Assembly Act puts the move on hold for now, "the question is not if that move happens, but only when".

Mr Zomlot said: "We are ready to start the consultation process with the United States administration".

And yet Republican and Democratic lawmakers alike remained largely silent on the matter, focusing their public attention on the other news of the day: Trump's decision to pull the United States out of the Paris climate accord.

"We are disappointed that the president has not yet followed through on his pledge to move the embassy, and we hope that he does so soon", it said.

Friday's U.S. jobs report for May likely to show steady gains
Since January, the unemployment rate has declined by 0.5 percentage point, and the number of unemployed has decreased by 774,000. Hospitals added 7,000 jobs over the month, and employment in ambulatory health care services continued to trend up (+13,000).

Moving the embassy from its current location in Tel Aviv to Jerusalem would effectively kill any possibility of successful peace talks and inflame regional tensions because it would symbolically recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital, and Palestinians have said they want East Jerusalem to be the capital of their future state.

Despite promise upon promise from US Presidents, the US Embassy in Israel still resides in Tel Aviv, not Jerusalem, the capital of the Jewish State. Israel considers all of the city its indivisible capital. He said he would initiate the move on his first day in office. "It was a credit to the President's campaign past year that he knew and was outspoken for moving the USA embassy as the correct path forward". That may well be a reasonable and rational approach, but again, it's exactly why the embassy hasn't been moved since the passage of the 1995 law.

"Those of us who read the Bible and understand it", says Jeffress, "know that there's not going to be any lasting peace until the Prince of Peace comes". He is the first sitting US president to visit the Western Wall.

The U.S. says its policy on Jerusalem hasn't changed and that Jerusalem's status must be negotiated between Israelis and Palestinians.

Nabil Abu Rudeineh, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas' spokesman, told Arab News on Thursday that the decision was "an important positive step and would boost chances to achieve peace".

US President Donald Trump announced on Thursday that he would not relocate the US Embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, at least for now, thereby reversing a promise that he made to his conservative supporters during the election campaign.

"It just doesn't make sense that our embassy in a closely allied country isn't in the same city as the government with which we need to work so closely", he added.

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