Trump issued a six-month waiver signed by successive United States presidents since 1995, that blocks the Jerusalem Embassy Act - approved by Congress then - and that requires the American Embassy to move from Tel Aviv to the holy city. Trump made this decision to better negotiate in the Israeli-Palestinian peace process, according to a White House statement.
Trump delayed the Embassy's move for at least six months by waiving the Jerusalem Embassy Act.
Netanyahu's office said in a statement today that they are "disappointed" by the waiver yet "appreciate today's expression of President Trump's friendship to Israel and his commitment to moving the embassy in the future".
Zomlot says: "We are ready to start the consultation process with the USA administration".
We are glad that the administration has heeded the advice of veteran officials in the diplomatic and security communities, and made a decision to maintain the prudent policy of its predecessors on this issue. Israel captured Arab East Jerusalem during the 1967 Middle East war and later annexed it, a move not recognized internationally.
Jerusalem is the historic capital of the Jewish people, and supporters of the embossing move say the gesture would symbolize that the US recognizes Jerusalem belongs to Israel. Yet, Israel is the only nation in the world where an American embassy is not located in its chosen capital city.
However, the embassy's eventual move to Jerusalem was a question of when, not if, Spicer added.
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INSKEEP: Even though other presidents have also promised during their campaigns that they would move the embassy.
Abdullah in particular expressed deep concern that moving the U.S. Embassy would spark unrest among his country's large Palestinian population.
President Trump signed the waiver hours before he was to announce his decision whether to pull out the United States from the Paris climate change accorded brokered by previous President Barack Obama. But the law also allowed each president to issue and renew a six-month waiver on carrying out the move.
The decision is a blow to Israeli hardliners and their supporters in the USA, who had hoped Trump's presidency would shift the US toward a fuller embrace of Israeli priorities.
Momani says the president's decision shows "how much the administration values the advice of its allies" and that the focus must be on relaunching serious Israeli-Palestinian peace talks.
President Donald Trump signed a temporary order on Thursday to keep the U.S. embassy in Israel in Tel Aviv instead of relocating it to Jerusalem, despite his campaign pledge to go ahead with the controversial move.