U.S. President Donald Trump broke a longstanding campaign pledge on Thursday, signing a waiver to postpone moving the American embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, explaining the decision as a move that would maximize the chance of a peace deal between Israelis and Palestinians.
The White House said in a statement that the president still intends to move the embassy. “The question is not if that move happens, but only when,” he said. He added that the signing of the waiver should not be viewed as a change in Trump’s “strong support for Israel,” the statement read.
The decision to waive the 1995 law that requires the U.S. to move the embassy maintains decades of U.S. policy. His predecessors in the White House _ Barack Obama, George W. Bush and Bill Clinton _ all signed the waiver to postpone the transfer as well.
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