Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu must be biting his lips as President Donald Trump has decided not to move the US Embassy in Israel to Jerusalem for now. A US official said this on Thursday. The official, speaking to AFP on condition of anonymity, said that Trump had signed a legal waiver that keeps the embassy in Tel Aviv, but insisted this was a delay, not a reversal.
“It’s a question of when not if,” the official said, adding that “he doesn’t think the timing is right, right now.”
“In timing such a move he will seek to maximise the chances of successfully negotiating a deal between Israel and the Palestinians.”
With this decision, Trump may have backtracked from a major campaign promise.
A formal announcement to the decision not to move the embassy to Jerusalem, as promised by Trump, is expected later Thursday.
Netanyahu, who called Trump his friend and hailed the improved US-Israel relationship during the latter’s recent visit to Israel, would be surely disappointed with this policy change or delay – call it what you like.