What’s at stake if the US recognizes Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, moves embassy

President Trump is nearing a decision on whether to recognize Jerusalem as Israel‘s capital, according to his son-in-law, Jared Kushner.

“The president is going to make his decision,” Kushner said Sunday, speaking at the Saban Forum at the Brookings Institution in Washington, D.C. “He is still looking into a lot of facts, and when he makes his decision, he’ll be the one who wants to tell you.”

Kushner did not specify when an announcement would be made but said, “He’ll make sure he does that at the right time.”

Sunday on Fox News , national security adviser H.R. McMaster said he was unsure what Trump was planning to do.

“I’m not sure what decision he’ll make. We’ve given him options,” McMaster said. “There are options involving the move of an embassy at some point in the future, which I think could be used to gain momentum toward a peace agreement and a solution that works both for Israelis and Palestinians.”

Today in Israel, U.S. Ambassador David Friedman told Israeli reporters, “You’ll learn this week, with everybody else.”

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A view of the Jerusalem skyline inclued the old town, Temple Mount and the Dome of Rock or Mosque of Omar, in this file photo circa 1999.

The six-month waiver

By law, President Trump must decide today whether to sign a waiver that would delay a move of the U.S. Embassy in Tel Aviv by another six months, State Department officials told ABC News. He has already signed the waiver once. Now he is faced with a choice between sticking to his campaign promises or taking the more diplomatic route of his predecessors.

Since 1995, every U.S. president has signed the waiver, despite some of their own campaign promises.

In the spring of 2016, Trump said in a speech to AIPAC, one of the most powerful lobbying groups promoting U.S.-Israel relations, “We will move the American Embassy to the eternal capital city of the Jewish people, Jerusalem.”

“I didn’t come here tonight to pander to you about Israel,” he added. “That’s what politicians do. All talk, no action, believe me.”

Past candidates from both parties have promised to move the embassy to Jerusalem, but none have followed through after arriving in the Oval Office.

As a candidate for president, George W. Bush told AIPAC in 2000, “As soon as I take office, I will begin the process of moving the United States ambassador to the city Israel has chosen as its capital.”

In March 1992, when Bill Clinton was a candidate, he said, “I believe in…

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