President Donald Trump will sign a waiver delaying the move of the U.S. embassy in Israel to Jerusalem from Tel Aviv while declaring the contested city the capital of Israel, according to a person familiar with the decision.
Reports that Trump would unilaterally declare Jerusalem to be the capital and begin moving the embassy there fueled warnings from Middle East and European leaders saying it would undermine peace efforts and potentially generate protests across the region. The president is “pretty solid in his thinking” on the issue, White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said, and will make an announcement Wednesday.
The president’s decision to sign the waiver would be in keeping with moves by his predecessors going back 20 years under a federal law that declares an undivided Jerusalem to be the Israeli capital.
Trump called Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas and Jordan’s King Abdullah on Tuesday to tell them of his decision. Both governments said Trump told their leaders that he intends to move the embassy, though no timelines were provided. The White House announced the calls, but spokespeople for Trump did not immediately confirm the Palestinian and Jordanian accounts.
While many details about what Trump may announce remain vague, both Abbas and Abdullah warned the U.S. president against moving the diplomatic compound, their governments said, with Abdullah saying it would “have serious implications for security and stability in the Middle East” and…Read More