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Trump breaks campaign promise, US embassy to stay in Tel Aviv

U.S. President Donald Trump signed a waiver delaying the relocation of the U.S. Embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, breaking his election promise.

Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu said in response the decision delays peace, while the Palestinians voiced support, saying Trump's decision "gives peace a chance."

Trump's decision, which is in line with long-standing American policy, breaks an election promise he made to move the embassy to Jerusalem, the second president to break such a promise after George W. Bush.

The waiver has been signed by every U.S. president since 1995, and is valid for six months at a time. Former U.S. President Barack Obama signed it during the last weeks of his term.

The White House said on Thursday that, while Trump signed the waiver, he has no intention to break his campaign promise, but worries that moving it now could harm efforts to restart peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians. "[N]o one should consider this step to be in any way a retreat from the President's strong support for Israel and for the United States-Israel alliance," the White House said in a statement.

The Prime Minister's Office issued a statement saying that not moving the U.S. embassy to Jerusalem only delays peace with the Palestinians.

"Israel's consistent policy is that the American embassy like other embassies should be in Jerusalem, our eternal capital," the statement said. "Keeping embassies out of Jerusalem postpones peace because it contributes to the Palestinian illusion that the Jewish people and their country have no connection to Jerusalem."


 Click here to read the full article in Ha’aretz

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