Netanyahu’s office denied reports on Wednesday that President Trump has decided not to move the US Embassy to Jerusalem.
Israel is denying a report that President Donald Trump has decided not to move the US Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem and will sign the presidential waiver postponing the highly anticipated move.
In 1995, Congress passed the Jerusalem Embassy and Relocation Act, which recognized Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and commited to moving the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem no later than May 31, 1999. To date, each American president since Bill Clinton has signed a presidential waiver every six months, citing concerns that a move to Jerusalem could hinder the Israeli-Palestinian peace process.
The waiver was last signed by President Barack Obama in October, and Israel’s NRG news reported Wednesday that Trump will also sign it at the end of the month.
“Prime Minister Netanyahu’s office has not received any notice about a decision by the US government to move or not to move the US Embassy,” the PMO stated. “Israel’s stance is that all the embassies belong in Israel’s capital of Jerusalem, and the US Embassy should be one of the first to move.”
Source: World Israel News