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Tillerson: Trump weighs embassy move impact on Mideast peace

Israeli police block a road following the attack in the Old City of Jerusalem Israeli police block a road following the attack in the Old City of Jerusalem
Eleena Tovar | 15 May, 2017, 19:30

"The president is being very careful to understand how such a decision would impact the peace process", Tillerson on NBC's "Meet the Press" Sunday.

Earlier on Sunday, Tillerson said it was not clear whether an embassy move would help or harm prospects for a peace deal between Israel and the Palestinians. Lerman said in a conference call hosted by The Israel Project, which publishes The Tower, that Trump's approach to the peace process would mark a return to the stance adopted by former Secretary of State James Baker, who said, "we cannot want peace more than the sides themselves".

President Donald Trump at a press conference with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in the East Room of the White House, Feb. 15, 2017.

Noting Trump's push for Middle East peace - the president meets Wednesday with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas and is reported to be headed to Israel later this month - McMaster called on those present to back the initiative.

While the Israelis seemed dismayed by the new development, the Palestinians said it is a step in the right decision, one that has the potential to increase the chance of having peace negations resume between Palestinians and Israelis.

The Jerusalem Embassy Act was passed by Congress in 1995 in order to fund the relocation of the American embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. The Palestinians assume that Trump will leave the US Embassy in Tel Aviv, but may offer recognition of West Jerusalem as Israel's capital.

One of Trump's top advisers, Jason Greenblatt, held wide-ranging talks with both Israelis and Palestinians during a visit in March.

"Moving the American embassy to Jerusalem would not harm the peace process", the prime minister said.

Sanders was questioned about a report on the Hebrew-language news site NRG that said Netanyahu had received notice that Trump would renege on his campaign promise and sign a waiver on the congressional mandate to move the embassy on June 1. Palestinian leaders said they would withdraw their recognition of Israel as a state if the Trump administration pursued such a move. As for the near future, the official said that depending on Trump's actions after the visit, we will see if the next Palestinian steps are in the realm of diplomacy or of resistance to the 50-year-old occupation.

Safadi underlined efforts deployed by Jordan's King Abdullah II in this regard, noting that peace in the Middle East would always remain his country's strategic choice.

Donald Trump seemed to understand this during the campaign, but now he apparently is getting caught up in the "peace process" chimera that has ensnared so many of his predecessors.