Trump in No Hurry to Move Embassy to Jerusalem

Oct 9, 2017

President Trump does not plan to move the U.S. embassy in Israel to Jerusalem anytime soon. He told former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee that he will do it after he’s tried to broker a peace agreement between Israel and the Palestinians. During the campaign, candidate Trump told the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, “We will move the American embassy to the eternal capital of the Jewish people, Jerusalem. And we will send a clear signal that there is no daylight between America and our most reliable ally, the state of Israel.” The president said that the idea for peace that his administration is working on may not work. “Most people say it’s an impossible deal. I don’t think it is impossible, and I think it’s something that can happen.” He said that he’ll make a decision on moving the embassy after the peace agreement has had a chance to be agreed to. Moving the embassy to Israel’s capital would be an affirmation of Israel’s sovereignty in Jerusalem. Conventional wisdom is that this would hurt the chances for a peace deal.