Trump’s big-deal decision not to move the US Embassy to Jerusalem, explained

“Moving the embassy would have signaled that Trump was aligning with the Israeli hard right — and created a major, potentially dangerous rift with the Palestinians. Keeping the embassy in Tel Aviv, by contrast, solidifies a series of Trump’s moves toward the traditional center on the Israel-Palestine conflict — showing that his administration is more interested in negotiating a two-state solution to the conflict than in pandering to the Israeli and evangelical pro-Israel right.

The White House statement on the decision more or less states this explicitly — it says the goal of the waiver is to “maximize the chances of successfully negotiating a deal.” It claims that the president’s “intention” is to move the embassy at a future date, but there’s no information on when or under what circumstances, suggesting that this pledge is theoretical at best:”

Vox

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