US President Donald Trump officially signed an order of not moving the American Embassy in Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, advisors said Thursday.
Trump promised to move the embassy to Jerusalem during last year campaign. That order will allow Trump maintain the negotiations of a peace while it disappointed lots of Israel supporters.
Move the Embassy or not to move it?
Aides stated Trump’s decision is a postponement and the President intends to relocate the embassy to Jerusalem when the conditions allow it. Former presidents promised the same but no one actually did anything.
The White House issued a statement where it said Trump’s decision isn’t to be considered “a retreat from the president’s strong support for Israel” and its coalition with the United States.
“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 interest,” the statement noted. “But, as he has repeatedly stated his intention to move the embassy, the question is not if that happens, but only when.”
Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu showed a slight regret for Trump’s decision in front of the public. “Though Israel is disappointed that the embassy will not move at this time, we appreciate today’s expression of President Trump’s friendship to Israel and his commitment to moving the embassy in the future,” Netanyahu’s office said.
Husam Zomlot, the Palestinian Authority representative in the US, was happy with the decision, saying it removed one obstacle to negotiations.
“This is in line with the long held U.S. policy and the international consensus and it gives peace a chance,” Zomlot said.
Trump only announced his decision now even though he was in Jerusalem last week as part of his first overseas trip since he took office. He delayed his decision on purpose due to the political sensitivity of the situation.