Trump considers move of US Embassy in Israel

Wednesday, 17 May, 2017

Israel regards Jerusalem as its eternal and indivisible capital and wants all foreign countries to base their embassies there.

The Palestinians and the Arab world fiercely oppose a move, and the worldwide community has warned that it could spark fresh unrest.

"T$3 he president has recently expressed his view that he wants to put a lot of effort into seeing if we can not advance a peace initiative between Israel and Palestine", Tillerson said.

"As you know the president has recently expressed his view that he wants to put a lot of effort into seeing if we can not advance a peace initiative between Israel and Palestine", he added.

Following his trip to the Middle East, Trump will arrive in the Vatican to meet Pope Francis for talks on cooperation regarding "religious communities in areas of joint concern", the White House said in a statement earlier this month. Deputy Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said the "president has not made a decision yet and is still reviewing that".

Trump's rise has now emboldened Israeli extremists to implement their illegal policies and further their occupational agenda by transferring the embassy, a move that Palestinian officials and prominent American politicians have cautioned against. Trump is expected to sign a six-month renewal of the waiver, as he continues deliberating, before it expires.

The Prime Minister's Office denied receiving any such information.

"We seek peace and we hope that the peace process would have the chance it deserves", he said, noting that Israel's continuous building of settlements on Palestinian lands is an act that is prone to undermine the two-state solution. He has told Trump that Palestinians are intractable negotiating partners who make demands that Israel can not meet.

Tillerson also answered what has emerged as a litmus test question about administration officials' allegiance to Trump and country, after Trump reportedly demanded a loyalty pledge from Comey. The relationship, Trump said, "is repaired".

Now no country has an embassy in Jerusalem, while 86 nations maintain consulates in Tel Aviv.

When asked whether Arab threats were influencing Trump, Deputy Press Secretary Sanders declined to answer.

"I respect your democracy, and I never interfere with internal (decisions)", she said.

The pushback comes as President Donald Trump mulls the possibility of changing U.S. policy toward Jerusalem and moving the USA embassy there.

Adelson disagrees with the notion the embassy move should be tied to progress in the Mideast peace process, sources informed Axios.