Report: Embassy won't move to Jerusalem right away

White House official says Trump has decided it is not "wise" to move the Embassy to Jerusalem at this time.

Elad Benari ,

U.S. Embassy in Tel Aviv
U.S. Embassy in Tel Aviv

U.S. President Donald Trump has decided not to immediately move the Embassy in Israel to Jerusalem, a senior White House official said on Wednesday, according to Bloomberg news.

The official said the administration considers its discussions with both the Israeli government and the Palestinian Authority to be promising, with the PA in particular agreeing to talk without preconditions.

The official asked not to be identified because of the sensitivity of the matter.

“We don’t think it would be wise to do it at this time,” the official said, according to Bloomberg. “We’ve been very clear what our position is and what we would like to see done, but we’re not looking to provoke anyone when everyone’s playing really nice.”

The comment follow a report last week which said that Trump had decided that the U.S. Embassy in Israel would remain in Tel Aviv and not move to Jerusalem.

The White House later clarified, however, that "the president has not made a decision yet and is still reviewing that".

Earlier on Wednesday, an unprecedented coalition of Christian American pro-Israel organizations, representing millions of American citizens, called on Trump to announce the Embassy's move from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem during his upcoming visit to Israel on May 22.

"We cannot continue blocking the law requiring the US Embassy to be moved to Jerusalem, or to make the move conditional on future peace deals," the coalition said in a statement.

The coalition is an initiative of the International Christian Embassy in Jerusalem (ICEJ).