We were all waiting for him to announce it the following day, then the day after that. There were rumours all over the map about Trump’s advisers looking into possible locations within Jerusalem for the new embassy building. Other sources suggested that they may simply change the signage on the current US consulate office in Jerusalem to the embassy. But it’s now Wednesday and still no announcement. In fact I just read that some Palestinian Authority folks have claimed that Trump’s people have assured them that they don’t plan to move the embassy any time soon. Do I normally believe anything that comes out of the arabs mouths? Not usually. But in this instance- maybe I do.
I can imagine the discussion between Bibi and Trump prior to his inauguration speech going something like this:
Trump: So Bibi, I have a lot on my plate right now as you can imagine. What do you think about moving our embassy to Jerusalem?
Bibi: I totally understand the pressure you must be facing on this from the entire Muslim world and beyond. In fact if you did, we too might suffer at the hands of Palestinian terrorists along with Hamas, Hezbollah and others going crazy. We have other priorities such as Iran. Their nuclear threat is a far greater issue to us than moving the US embassy to Jerusalem.
Trump: Fair enough. If you don’t see it as a high priority mission right now than I can move it down the list. I’ll focus on the Iran deal instead.
Bibi: Thanks so much Mr. President. You’re the best!
In other words, if the embassy doesn’t get moved, it has nothing to do with Trump.
Sadly it’s the left leaning Jewish Israeli's who are not in love with the idea of making Jerusalem their Jewish capital. Bibi is included in this cohort even if he is more centrist. Unfortunately most if not all of his predecessors felt the same way. My proof? The Temple Mount would never have been given control to Jordan's Muslim authority. 2 nasty Mosques dominate our most religious site. Jews are prohibited to pray at the Temple Mount, etc. I can go on and on.
I believe that Bibi has led Trump to believe that moving the US embassy to Jerusalem is just not that important to him and if Trump doesn’t move it, it'll be Israel's fault not Trump's!