Trump Puts on Hold Controversial Plan to Move US Embassy in Israel From Tel Aviv to Jerusalem

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Embassy of the United States in Tel Aviv, Israel — Photo Credit: Wikimedia Commons

US President Donald Trump has for the moment renounced to his plan of transferring the US embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, contrary to a promise he made during the campaign, the White House said on Thursday.

Donald Trump signed a derogation clause to retain the US Embassy in Tel Aviv for an additional six months in accordance with the practice of all successive US presidents who have signed this derogation every six months since the end of the 1990s.

“President Trump made this decision to maximize the chances of successfully negotiating an agreement between Israel and the Palestinians,” the White House said in a statement.

Donald Trump “has repeatedly expressed his intention to move the embassy, ​​the question is not whether this will happen, but only when,” the US executive added.

Palestinians, Arab leaders and even former US Secretary of State John Kerry have repeatedly warned of the risk of an outbreak of violence in the event of a move of the US embassy to Jerusalem by the new American President.