In a TBN 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.
It’s a perspective Israelis have heard for nearly two decades. No amount of facts on the ground seems to affect the widely held belief that peace in the Middle East hinges on a deal between Israel and the Palestinian Authority.
Trump’s repeated campaign promise to move the embassy has apparently been set aside, disappointing many who took him at his word.
“I want to give that a shot before I even think about moving the embassy to Jerusalem,” Trump told Huckabee on his TBN show.
“If we can make peace between the Palestinians and Israel, I think it’ll lead to ultimately peace in the Middle East, which has to happen,” he said, adding that his administration will decide in the “not-too-distant future” on the time frame for such a move.