Trump delays decision on whether to recognize Jerusalem as Israel capital

Trump delays decision on whether to recognize Jerusalem as Israel capital

US President Donald Trump has delayed a decision on whether to recognize Jerusalem as the Israeli capital and move the US embassy there. The White House said Monday Trump would miss a deadline to decide on shifting the embassy from Tel Aviv, after 48 hours of public warnings from allies and private phone calls between world leaders, AFP reports. He is expected to stop short of moving the embassy to Jerusalem outright, a central campaign pledge. The decision has been postponed once already by the new administration. “The president has been clear on this issue… It’s not a matter of if, it’s a matter of when,” White House spokesman Hogan Gidley said. Both Israelis and Palestinians claim the city as their capital. French President Emmanuel Macron warned Trump that Jerusalem’s status must be decided “within the framework of negotiations between Israelis and Palestinians.”