President Trump today delayed the move of the U.S. Embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, according to a White House official, putting off delivery of a major campaign promise to supporters for the time being.
Trump’s signing of the waiver should not be a considered “in any way a retreat from the president’s strong support for Israel and for the United States-Israel alliance,” White House press secretary Sean Spicer said in a statement.
Under the passage of the Jerusalem Embassy Act in 1995, the president must sign a waiver every six months to delay the move of the embassy to Jerusalem. Every president since President Bill Clinton has pushed off the move, citing national security concerns.
Israel has claimed the entire, undivided city of Jerusalem as its capital after taking control of the eastern portion of the city in the 1967 conflict. But that …