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WASHINGTON -- US President Donald Trump has "postponed" moving the US embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, but remains committed to relocating the facility while in office consistent with pledges he made in his campaign for the White House, a senior administration official said on Thursday.
The president was faced with a June 1 deadline built into the Jerusalem Embassy Act, which compels the State Department to verify the opening of a Jerusalem embassy or else cite "national security interests" for the delay.
"It's a matter of if, not when," the administration official told reporters.
Israeli government officials reportedly pushed Trump to make the move last minute, in a series of communications. Arab allies have warned the young administration that the embassy relocation would kill any prospects for a US-led peace process between Israelis and Palestinians.