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Thursday, June 1, 2017

Trump decides: Embassy to remain in Tel Aviv

President Donald Trump signed an order Thursday keeping the US Embassy in Israel at its present location in Tel Aviv and deferring its relocation to Jerusalem for at least six months.
The president had promised during his 2016 White House campaign to move the embassy to the Israeli capital if elected.
 
"We will move the American embassy to the eternal capital of the Jewish people, Jerusalem,” Trump said at the 2016 AIPAC conference in Washington DC.
 
After the November election, however, Trump remained mum on whether he intended to follow through on his pledge.
 
The president met with Israeli leaders last week during his first visit to the Jewish state since the inauguration.
 
The trip, which included a meeting with Palestinian Authority chairman Mahmoud Abbas, was intended to lay the foundation for renewed negotiations between Israel and the PA – an oft-repeated goal of President Trump.