Abbas pleased with Trump's embassy decision

PA chairman's spokesman says Trump decision to delay embassy move to Jerusalem will advance peace.

Dalit Halevi,

Mahmoud Abbas
Mahmoud Abbas
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The Palestinian Authority (PA) welcomed on Thursday the decision by U.S. President Donald Trump to delay moving the U.S. Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

Trump had earlier signed a waiver keeping the Embassy in Israel at its present location for at least six months.

Nabil Abu Rudeineh, an official spokesman for PA chairman Mahmoud Abbas, said that Trump's decision was "an important positive step that will strengthen the opportunities for implementing peace."

He added that Trump's decision underscores the seriousness of the U.S. administration in its efforts to promote peace and build a bridge of trust, in particular after the recent summit in Saudi Arabia and the meetings between Trump and Abbas.

"We are ready to continue working with President Trump and his administration to achieve a just and lasting peace," said Abu Rudeineh.

Reports earlier this week said that Trump lambasted Abbas during their meeting in Bethlehem due to the fact that Abbas deceived him regarding his involvement in anti-Israel incitement.

“You tricked me in Washington,” the president is said to have yelled at Abbas, referencing the PA leader’s March trip to the U.S. capital.

PA officials denied the incident took place.