President Donald Trump and his aides are working towards moving the US Embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. The move will greatly decrease the attempts made by Trump to start peace talks between the Israelis and the Palestinians. There is another option that is being considered. According to administration officials, they can temporarily keep the US embassy in Tel Aviv while planning a long-term process to shift the embassy to Jerusalem. This plan has been set to find a middle ground on the politically motivated issue. The official also said that the administration is also considering making Jerusalem the capital of Israel.
According to aides, the plan has not been finalized yet, and it might change drastically in the near future. The President won't be making any announcement this week even though there is a deadline of Friday according to the 1995 law to which they have to issue a waiver to allow the embassy to remain in Tel Aviv rather than shifting it to Jerusalem.
The President is expected to make an announcement next week. According to a White House spokesman, the President said that it was a matter of when and not if. The President is still looking at its options, and they have nothing to announce yet. Even the top advisors of Trump are divided in their opinion about moving the embassy. Many have also advised him against the tension that is increasing in the region. But, Vice President Mike Pence and other aides also favor the move.
The President wants to relocate the embassy and it would be a great move for his campaign and would definitely satisfy a long time priority among his Jewish and Republican voters. Trump is also facing pressure from other world leaders that also includes Jordan King Abdullah II who when visiting Washington this week said that moving the embassy was not a good move and would derail the peace efforts in the region.
The administration is planning the embassy move to coincide with the 50th anniversary of the reunification of Jerusalem in June. But, the President signed a waiver in June to keep the embassy in Tel Aviv. Abdullah said that the relocation could crumble his regime. President Trump had pledged to relocate the embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem during his presidential campaign. But, he showed hesitation once he took office citing complications.
White House Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders hinted that the decision might be made earlier next week and that the President was considering when and how to relocate the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.