May 18, 2017
On the eve of his trip to Israel, President Trump has decided not to announce plans to move the American embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. Candidate Trump had promised one of his prominent financial backers, Sheldon Adelson that he would move the embassy. When rumors began to circulate early in the week that the embassy move would not happen, Sheldon Adelson was reportedly furious. Adelson gave $5 million to the Trump inauguration. President Trump is seeking a peace deal to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Moving the embassy now would create problems for an agreement. The administration wants to build relationships and trust between the two sides.