Wednesday, May 10, 2017
5-10-2017: Donald Trump: US Embassy will stay in Tel Aviv
Senior US sources say President Trump decided to keep Embassy in Tel Aviv. Jerusalem: We're not surprised.
Senior US sources said US President Donald Trump has already decided to extend the order which prevents the US Embassy in Israel from being transferred from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, 360 reporter Ariel Kahana said.
A US source said Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu has already been informed of Trump's decision.
Recently, both governments agreed that this would not be the best time to move the Embassy, and US officials said Israel did not want to deal with the matter at present and had requested Trump delay the move.
The Israeli government is not surprised by Trump's decision, but they are still very disappointed. The expectation was that Trump would make an announcement regarding Jerusalem during his upcoming May 22 visit to Israel.
However, the expectation currently is that Trump will push Israel to renew negotiations with the Palestinian Authority, who will be the main focus of Trump's visit.
The next US Ambassador to Israel, David Friedman, apparently received the news before it was told to Israel.
Friedman is scheduled to take office next week.
Last week, Friedman was instructed to hold official Embassy events in at the Ambassador's House in Herzliya, since he himself will be living in Jerusalem.
The last communication on the issue was received from US Vice President Mike Pence, when he said that the Trump administration was obligated to move the US Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, as promised during the election campaign.
"President Trump is still seriously considering moving the Embassy to Jerusalem in honor of Israel's 69th birthday," Pence said then.