Trump won't move US Embassy to Jerusalem for now, senior official says

"Contrary to media reports, President Trump has not yet made a decision on moving the United States embassy to Jerusalem, and doesn't plan on making a decision on this issue until after his visit", the official said.

Trump is slated to arrive in Israel Monday following a weekend in Saudi Arabia.

International Christian Embassy Jerusalem-USA Director Susan Michael expressed her concern that Trump was being advised to delay the efforts to move the Embassy and make it instead as part of the peace agreement between Palestinians and Israelis.

Bannon and Friedman are reportedly pressing Trump to take a substitute step if he decides not to move the embassy, such as a issuing a presidential declaration recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. Obama's last waiver, signed several weeks after Trump was elected on a platform promising to move the embassy immediately, is due to expire June 1.

A number of Republican congressmen at the event alluded to McMaster's refusal to name the Western Wall as Israeli territory and called for moving the embassy to Jerusalem. While Israel thinks of Jerusalem as its capital, the worldwide community does not honor this claim. But putting the embassy west of the Green Line, in an area of Jerusalem that Israel has controlled since 1948 and that only the history-denying U.N. Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization and opponents of Israel's existence refuse to acknowledge as part of Israel, would not eliminate the possibility of a Palestinian government presence in Jerusalem. Trump told an Israeli newspaper this week that having Netanyahu join him at the wall was still a possibility.

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"We have no demand for a settlement freeze", Friedman said in an interview with Israel Hayom.

Both Palestinians and Israelis will be on alert to see what language Trump uses when he meets Abbas. "He will reiterate that", the official continued, adding that "(Trump) has not abandoned the two-state solution".

During the time between surveys, the president has welcomed Palestinian Authority leader Mahmoud Abbas to the White House.

After negotiating that diplomatic minefield, Trump is scheduled to visit Yad Vashem, Israel's Holocaust Memorial.

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