U.S. President Donald Trump says U.S. plan to move its embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem until he gives peace a chance.
“I want to give that a shot before I even think about moving the embassy to Jerusalem,” Trump told former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee on the TBN program “Huckabee.”
“If we can make peace between the Palestinians and Israel, I think it’ll lead to ultimately peace in the Middle East, which has to happen,” he said.
Asked about the time of a possible embassy move, Trump said: “We’re going to make a decision in the not too distant future.”
During his presidential campaign back in 2016, Trump came up with the proposal, stirring a lot of discussions.
Palestinians have since voiced strong opposition to the move and have repeatedly warned Trump against such an action.
The Palestine Liberation Organization also warned Washington against the relocation of its embassy.
It stressed that the move would deliver a death blow to any prospects of the resolution of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and fuel extremism in the region.
Since Trump assumed office in January, Israel has increasingly become emboldened in its harsh policies towards Palestinians.
Israel lays claim to the entirety of Jerusalem as its capital while Palestinians want its eastern part as their capital.