Trump won't move US embassy in Israel to Jerusalem: report

Trump won't move US embassy in Israel to Jerusalem: report

President Trump will walk back a major campaign promise by not relocating the U.S. embassy in Israel to Jerusalem, according to a report on Wednesday.

An unnamed White House official told Bloomberg that recognizing Jerusalem as Israel's capital "would not be wise at this time," especially given the work the Trump administration is doing to promote peaceful negotiations between the Palestinian Authority and the Israeli government.

“We’ve been very clear what our position is and what we would like to see done, but we’re not looking to provoke anyone when everyone’s playing really nice," the official said.


Israel and the Palestinian Authority both claim Jerusalem as their capital. Moving the U.S. embassy to Israel to Jerusalem is seen as a way to legitimize Israel's claim.

Trump promised in March 2016 that he would move the embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, speaking to a crowd of thousands of supporters at the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) conference in Washington.

In January, Trump told a conservative Israeli news outlet, "you know I'm not a person who breaks promises."

Trump began talks earlier this year with representatives from both Israel and Palestine, calling a possible end to the conflict "the ultimate deal."

Ahead of Trump's first visit as president to Israel this month, speculation has increased that the president will make an announcement about moving the embassy. Vice President Mike Pence said earlier this month the president was still "seriously" considering the move. 

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said Sunday that the president is being "very careful" in making the decision. 

U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley also advocated the move on Tuesday. "Obviously, I believe that the capital should be Jerusalem, and the embassy should be moved to Jerusalem," Haley said in an interview with CBN News's "The Brody File."

- This story was updated at 4:22 p.m.