US National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster said Sunday that he did not know whether President Donald Trump would decide to relocate his country’s embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.
“I’m not sure what decision he’ll make. We’ve given him options,” McMaster told Fox News.
“There are options involving the move of an embassy at some point in the future, which I think, you know, could be used to gain momentum toward a — toward a peace agreement, and a solution that works both for Israelis and for Palestinians,” McMaster added.
Trump has until Monday to decide whether to once again sign a waiver delaying a move of the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.
On Wednesday, according to the American news site Axios, Trump will give a speech recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. The White House has not confirmed this.
Speculation about what the president will do has intensified since multiple reports surfaced this week that he would either order his team to prepare to relocate the embassy, or delay the relocation again but formally declare that he recognizes the holy city as Israel’s capital.
On Tuesday, US Vice President Mike Pence said Trump is “actively considering when and how to move the American embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.” He spoke at a UN event in New York commemorating the 70th anniversary of the UN vote for the partition of Palestine, which led to the creation of the State of Israel.
Other reports, including one on Israel’s Channel 10 news, said that there was internal squabbling in the White House about what course of action to ultimately take.
Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas has called eight Arab and world leaders and urged them to prevent the relocation of the US Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem and a declaration by Trump acknowledging Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.