>> President Donald Trump opting Thursday to keep the American Embassy in Tel Aviv instead of moving it to Jerusalem, breaking a promise made on the campaign trail. Trump, facing a deadline signed a waiver for six months, postponing an order requiring the US to move its embassy to Jerusalem.
The White House issuing a statement Thursday saying that while Trump signed the waiver, he has no intention of breaking his campaign promise. Saying quote, no one should consider this step to be in any way a retreat from the President's strong support for Israel and for the United States-Israel alliance.
Adding, quote, the question is not if that move happens, but only when. Reuters correspondent Ori Lewis is in Jerusalem.>> It was a decision that was widely expected, but was nevertheless met with disappointment by Israeli officials. And while Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said he was disappointed, he said he appreciated Trump's friendship to Israel and his commitment to move the embassy to Jerusalem in the future.
>> The United States, like most countries, has kept its embassy in Tel Aviv to avoid flaming tensions. Israel considers Jerusalem its capital, but the Palestinians also claim it as the capital of a future state.>> Palestinians have voiced their satisfaction with the move and have said it was a positive step that reinforces the chances for peace.
And it showed the US's seriousness in pursuing peace efforts. Talks between the parties have been deadlocked since 2014.>> With today's move, Trump following in the footsteps of Bill Clinton and George W Bush. Both promised to move the embassy as presidential candidates, but dropped the idea once they got to the White House.