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FILE - In this Monday, May 22, 2017 file photo, President Donald Trump shakes hands with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu after making a joint statement in Jerusalem. Netanyahu had a strained relationship with Trump's predecessor, Barack Obama. But he appeared to have an easy rapport with Trump, with the two men repeatedly embracing and professing their deep friendship.(AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File)

The White House said it's delaying the move of the U.S. embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem


The White House claims that President Donald Trump's delay of a law requiring the relocation of the United States embassy in Israel to Jerusalem was motivated by a desire to maximize the chance of a peace deal between the Israelis and the Palestinians. 

However, White House press secretary says that Trump still intends to move the embassy, saying, "The question is not if that move happens, but only when." 

Trump faced a Thursday deadline to delay the law, which would have moved it from Tel Aviv.

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Israel considers Jerusalem its capital, and Donald Trump has repeatedly promised to repair relations between Israel and the United States. However, the Palestinians claim east Jerusalem as part of their capital for a future state, which makes the diplomatic landscape particularly tricky to navigate. 

The United States says its policy on Jerusalem hasn't changed and that the city's fate must still be negotiated by the Israelis and the Palestinians. 

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