Thursday 22 February 2018

Trump waives law requiring US to move embassy in Israel to Jerusalem

US President Donald Trump (L) and Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu
US President Donald Trump (L) and Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu
Independent.ie Newsdesk

Independent.ie Newsdesk

US president Donald Trump has temporarily waived a law requiring the US to move its embassy in Israel to Jerusalem.

Mr Trump's move to renew the waiver for six months keeps the US embassy in Tel Aviv for now. The US president has said he is reviewing whether to fulfil his campaign promise to move the facility to Jerusalem.

The American leader faced a Thursday deadline to renew the waiver or see the State Department lose half its funding for its overseas facilities.

Presidents have renewed the waiver every six months for years.

Israel considers Jerusalem its capital, but the Palestinians claim east Jerusalem for the capital of a future state.

The US said its policy on Jerusalem has not changed and that Jerusalem's status must be negotiated between Israelis and Palestinians.

Press Association

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