President Donald Trump may announce preparations to move the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem within days, possibly as soon as Sunday, Channel 2’s Dana Weiss reported on Wednesday evening.
According to the report, he will also recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, which the US has never done for fear of agitating the Palestinians, who want the city as their own capital.
The abrupt shift in policy – Trump had promised to move the embassy during his presidential campaign, but last month said that the White House would present a peace plan before addressing the issue – is due to pressure from Evangelical Christians, Weiss said in a tweet.
While Trump renewed a waiver in June that put off the embassy move for six months, he is under strong pressure from Evangelicals, who voted for Trump largely because of his pro-Israel stance, to allow the waiver, soon due for renewal, to elapse.
Source: Israel in the News