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Trump says will not move US embassy to Jerusalem for now

AFP  |  Washington 

US President Donald Trump has said he will not go ahead with his controversial pledge to move the American embassy to until after pushing for an Israeli-Palestinian peace deal.

"I wanna give that a shot before I even think about moving the embassy to Jerusalem," Trump said on former governor Mike Huckabee's TV show yesterday, referring to efforts to forge a peace between the two sides that has eluded career diplomats for decades.

"We're gonna make a decision in the not too distant future," Trump said, but for now, the peace push comes first.

That push is one of the various portfolios Trump gave his son-in-Jared Kushner, a 36-year-old with no prior experience who became one of the most powerful men in by virtue of his family connection to the president.

Foreign countries currently have their embassies in the Israeli commercial capital Tel Aviv since they do not recognise Israel's unilateral claim of control over all of

occupied east and the West Bank in 1967 and annexed east Jerusalem in a move never recognized by the international community.

It claims all of Jerusalem as its united capital, while the Palestinians see the eastern sector as the capital of their future state.

The issue is among the most contentious in the Israeli- Palestinian conflict.

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First Published: Sun, October 08 2017. 10:22 IST