Israel Embassy Move to Jerusalem Is Fake News; Trump’s White House Says Embassy Move Report “Premature”
After Israeli TV predicts imminent declaration by Trump recognizing Israeli capital, press secretary says administration ‘has nothing new to announce.’
The White House on Wednesday said reports that it is poised to move the US embassy to Jerusalem were “premature,” ahead of a decision deadline.
The White House urged caution after an Israeli TV report suggested a decision would come as soon as Sunday and that the US president would declare that he recognizes Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.
“This is a premature report. We have nothing to announce,” said press secretary Sarah Sanders.
Trump has so far decided not to fulfill his campaign pledge to shift the embassy from Tel Aviv. But the US president faces a December 4 deadline to publicly restate US policy.
Trump shied away from the move in June in order to “maximize the chances of successfully negotiating a deal between Israel and the [so-called] Palestinians,” the White House said at the time.