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Israeli Media: Trump Decides Against Moving Embassy to Jerusalem

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By    |   Wednesday, 10 May 2017 11:19 AM

President Donald Trump has decided not to move the American embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, the NRG Hebrew website reported Wednesday.

Although Trump promised during the presidential campaign that he would relocate the embassy to Jerusalem, NRG reported that he changed his mind in the last few days and has informed Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of his decision.

However, the prime minister's office denied that Netanyahu has been informed of such a decision and insisted that Israel's position is that all embassies, particularly the U.S. embassy, should be in Israel's capital - Jerusalem, The Jerusalem Post reported.

However, the international community disagrees with Israel's designation, saying the status of the city should only be decided when there is a peace treaty with the Palestinians.

Congress passed a law in 1995 that an undivided Jerusalem should be considered Israel's capital and that the American embassy should be moved there no later than 1999, but presidents Bill Clinton, George W. Bush and Barack Obama all decided to use a clause in the bill which allowed them to delay the move at regular six-month intervals if they thought national security would be endangered, The Jewish Chronicle reported.

As recently as last week, Vice President Mike Pence said that the Trump administration was continuing to give "serious consideration" to moving the embassy to Jerusalem, The Times of Israel reported.

There had been much speculation that Trump would make the announcement of his decision on the embassy's move during his visit to Israel later this month.

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