World 1.6.2017 04:31 pm

Trump will not move US embassy to Jerusalem for now – official

File picture: In this Wednesday, Dec. 28, 2016 file photo, US President Donald Trump listens to a question as he speaks to reporters at Mar-a-Lago, in Palm Beach, Fla. The 18-hole golf course in Dubai bearing Donald Trumps name exemplifies the questions surrounding his international business interests. The course will open in February 2017 in the United Arab Emirates, but concerns about security, financial agreements and other matters have yet to be answered by the incoming 45th American president. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File)

File picture: In this Wednesday, Dec. 28, 2016 file photo, US President Donald Trump listens to a question as he speaks to reporters at Mar-a-Lago, in Palm Beach, Fla. The 18-hole golf course in Dubai bearing Donald Trumps name exemplifies the questions surrounding his international business interests. The course will open in February 2017 in the United Arab Emirates, but concerns about security, financial agreements and other matters have yet to be answered by the incoming 45th American president. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File)

Trump had signed a legal waiver that keeps the embassy in Tel Aviv, but insisted this was delay not a reversal.

President Donald Trump has decided not to move the US embassy in Israel to Jerusalem for now, a US official said Thursday, shying away from a major campaign promise.

An official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said that Trump had signed a legal waiver that keeps the embassy in Tel Aviv, but insisted this was delay not a reversal.

“It’s a question of when, not if,” the official said, adding that “he doesn’t think the timing is right, right now.”

“In timing such a move he will seek to maximize the chances of successfully negotiating a deal between Israel and the Palestinians.”

A formal announcement is expected later Thursday.

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