Reports now say Trump won't move US embassy to Jerusalem

Thursday, May 11, 2017 |  Israel Today Staff

Israeli media is reporting that US President Donald Trump will extend the executive order to postpone moving the American embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem when it comes up for renewal.

This is following campaign promises and post-inauguration vows by Trump to return the US Embassy to the Israeli capital, a move that would bolster Israel's claims to the entirety of Jerusalem.

According to unnamed US sources, it is the government of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu that is actually holding up the move. They say Netanyahu doesn't want to deal with the expected diplomatic blowback.

At the same time, local media reported that the Israeli government was "disappointed" that Trump would extend the postponement of the embassy move.

It is still expected that Trump will make some kind of statement regarding Jerusalem's future when he visit the Jewish state later this month.

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