Trump Expected to Renew Waiver to Keep Embassy in Tel Aviv

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01 June, 2017

Moving the embassy to Jerusalem is seen as a sign of solidarity with Israel and formal recognition of the nation's claims that all of the holy city is its indisputable capital.

Trump was reportedly warned by top U.S. officials not to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital during the May 22-23 visit, for fear that it could have broad regional risks, echoing recommendations from leaders in the region including Jordan's King Abdullah who warned Trump that an embassy move would have a negative impact on the peace process.

President Mahmoud Abbas chairing the PLO Executive Committee meeting in Ramallah.

US President Donald Trump and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu shake during then visit to the Israel museum in Jerusalem, Tuesday, May 23, 2017.

Trump had campaigned as a hard-liner on Israel, promising to move the embassy - something strongly desired in the U.S.by religious Jews and evangelical Christians, and overseas by Israel's government, America's top ally in the Middle East - and supporting Israeli settlements in Palestinian territory.

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China, according to Wafa, seeks to widen its role in the region, and is particularly interested in striking a peace deal between Israel and Palestine, as well as seeing an end to the ongoing Syrian civil war and its attendant refugee crisis.

Following Trump's first trip outside the USA as president, the White House has signaled that it also seeks to broker a peace deal between the historically opposed states.

Trump even vowed to do "whatever is necessary" to reach a historic deal between Israel and the Palestinians during joint remarks with Abbas during his trip to Washington earlier this month.

Congress passed a law in 1995 making it United States policy to move the embassy to Jerusalem, symbolically endorsing Israel's claim on the city as its capital.

Since Trump's inauguration on January 20, there's been a lack of clarity and conflicting reports on whether the right-wing firebrand is going to make good on the promise and his Middle East peace policy has been in flux.


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