Israeli Minister Elkin 'Regrets' Trump's Choice to Delay Moving US Embassy

President Donald Trump speaks in Jerusalem during his visit to Israel in May 2017

President Donald Trump speaks in Jerusalem during his visit to Israel in May 2017

In a television interview with former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee aired Saturday evening, President Donald Trump announced he would not be moving the U.S. Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem just yet.

On Saturday, Trump told former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee in a televised interview that he had chose to delay the move until his administration could go ahead with an Israelli-Palestinian negotiating plan its been working on over the past few months.

Schumer was a member of the House of Representatives when he voted in favor of the Jerusalem Embassy Act of 1995, which called on the USA government to move the embassy to Jerusalem.

Echoing responses made by her fellow Likudniks to President Donald Trump's recent comments on moving the U.S. embassy in Israel, MK Gila Gamliel, Minister for Social Equality in the Knesset, said on Monday that the embassy - and, indeed, all embassies - should be moved to Jerusalem immediately. Real peace will be when the world recognizes Jerusalem as the eternal capital of the Jewish people.

When Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas visited at the beginning of May, Trump did not answer a question from the press pool about moving the embassy.

Ze'ev Elkin, minister for Jerusalem affairs and environmental protection, said after Trump's latest comments that further Israeli settlement construction could be forthcoming and delaying the embassy move wouldn't make a difference in the peace process.

One official said Trump "has made clear that unrestrained settlement activity does not advance the prospect for peace".

Two decades of US-led peace plans have called for evacuating settlements to make room for a Palestinian state alongside Israel.

During the interview with Huckabee, Trump was cagey about what the deal entailed but hopeful that it could be struck. "I don't think it is impossible, and I think it's something that can happen, and I'm not making any predictions".

Hundreds of Palestinian and Israeli women protested in the occupied West Bank city of Jericho on Sunday, where they demanded a new push for peace talks between the two sides.

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