Move U.S. Embassy in Israel to Jerusalem
Current Status: FalteringAs of
Interview with David Brody, January 18th 2016:
David Brody: "Israel, I know you’ve been talking to the Republican Jewish Coalition about this, it’s a tier-A issue for Evangelicals as it relates to support for Israel. What about this whole embassy question? This idea that the embassy is in Tel Aviv… Cruz and Rubio…"
Donald Trump: "And they want it in Jerusalem. Well I am for that one hundred percent. We are for that one- hundred percent."
After the election, David Friedman - an adviser to Trump on Israeli issues - affirmed Trump's pledge to move the embassy. However, days later, another trump adviser, Walid Phares, indicated that the move would not happen immediately and would happen under "consensus."
On January 22nd, 2017, The White House announced that "we are at the very beginning stages of even discussing this subject," and that Trump invited Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to Washington in early February. Additionally, a senior administration official said that moving the U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem from Tel Aviv remains a priority for the president but cautioned that it would not be happen quickly.
At the end of May 2017, Trump signed a waiver retaining the U.S. embassy in Tel Aviv in order to, as one official put it, "keep the peace process going."