Trump won't move US Embassy to Jerusalem for now, senior official says

According to an Axios report, Adelson is downright "furious" with Tillerson over comments he made on Sunday's "Meet the Press" regarding Trump's repeated campaign promise to move the USA embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

Flying in directly from his first stop in Saudi Arabia, Trump is unlikely to lay out Middle East peace proposals, not least because, as aides acknowledge, his administration has yet to craft a strategy.

"Trump has made a crisis between Israeli intelligence and American intelligence", the former official and recruiter tells Newsweek by phone. The next deadline for such a waiver is June 1.

When asked on "Meet the Press" about the possible move this week, Tillerson said "the president is being very careful to understand how such a decision would impact a peace process". The city is claimed as a capital by both Jews and Palestinians, however, and relocating the embassy - and essentially declaring Jerusalem to be Israeli territory - would raise tensions. "On the contrary, it would advance it by correcting an historical injustice and by shattering the Palestinian fantasy that Jerusalem is not the capital of Israel". "We have a schedule, we have a plan and everything is going ahead, absolutely", says Emmanuel Nahshon, spokesperson for the foreign ministry, speaking over the phone from Israel.

Hier took the former president to task, saying, "Unfortunately, Jimmy Carter is the wrong person giving President Trump advice on how to resolve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict".

Israel had previously sought to insist on Netanyahu accompanying Trump, to which United States consular officials noted that the Western Wall is in occupied territory and that it wasn't Israel's call either way.

Top officials at the State Department, Department of Defense and the US intelligence community are urging the White House not to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital, warning that such a decision would be harmful to the peace process and carry broader regional risks, a senior administration official and several U.S. officials told CNN.

During the time between surveys, the president has welcomed Palestinian Authority leader Mahmoud Abbas to the White House.



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