BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — US President Donald Trump on Friday told Fox News that it was “too early” to talk about his controversial campaign promise to move the US embassy to Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.
In the interview, Trump refused to talk about it, saying it was too early to reveal any details.
The prospect of an embassy location change has been met with applause by right-wing Israeli officials and strongly condemned by Palestinians and the international community.
The move would in effect amount to American recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, effectively torpedoing efforts to implement a two-state solution with East Jerusalem as the capital of a Palestinian state.
The fate of Jerusalem has been a focal point of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict for decades, with numerous tensions arising over Israeli threats regarding the status of non-Jewish religious sites in the city, and the “Judaization” of East Jerusalem through settlement construction and mass demolitions of Palestinian homes.
The Israeli government has openly expressed its anticipation for a Trump presidency when right-wing politicians believe they will more easily advance plans to expand Israeli settlements and consolidate Israeli annexation of East Jerusalem and other parts of the West Bank.On Sunday, White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer said in a press conference that details regarding Trump’s controversial campaign promise to move the embassy would be shared “soon,” without providing further details, according to Israeli newspaper Haaretz.Israeli media outlet Ynet also reported Friday that renovations approved during Obama’s administration have been scheduled for the US embassy in Tel Aviv.