One of President Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign promises was to move the U.S. embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, but the White House is now saying that the president’s decision to sign a waiver backing off his promise was only temporary.
During his recent trip to Israel, Trump stated that he wanted to negotiate a peace deal between Israel and the Palestinian Authority, which now looks like the reason he has refrained from moving the embassy to Jerusalem
“No one should consider this step to be in any way a retreat from the President’s strong support for …“President Trump made this decision to maximize the chances of successfully negotiating a deal between Israel and the Palestinians, fulfilling his solemn obligation to defend America’s national security interests. But, as he has repeatedly stated his intention to move the embassy, the question is not if that move happens, but only when.”-The White House
Republican legislators like Florida Congressman Ron DeSantis, who have asked Trump to move the embassy to Jerusalem upon taking office, took issue with the presidents’ ‘failure’ to follow through with his campaign promise.
It is long past time that we locate our embassy in #Jerusalem and it is deeply disappointing that the President has decided not to do so.
— Ron DeSantis (@RepDeSantis) June 1, 2017
“50 years ago, the liberation of Jerusalem during the Six Day War reunited the Jewish people with their historic capital city. Israel’s stewardship of Jerusalem has been tremendous and has included guaranteeing religious freedom for Christians and Muslims as well as Jews — something that was nonexistent during the city’s Arab occupation. Yet, Israel is the only nation in the world where an American embassy is not located in its chosen capital city. It is long past time that we rectify this error and locate our embassy.”-Rep.Ron DeSantis