Tillerson: Trump weighs embassy move impact on Mideast peace

President Trump faces pressure from one of his largest donors to deliver on his promise to move the U.S. embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, even as he seeks to broker what he regards as the ultimate deal: peace between Israel and Palestine.

The Israeli government is strongly for the move, which would strengthen Israel's claim on Jerusalem as a single undivided capital of the country.

"We welcome this new development and we are optimistic about the upcoming visit of the USA president to Palestine, where he is expected to visit Bethlehem and meet with President Abbas".

Trump has already promised Netanyahu that he would recognize Jerusalem al-Quds as Israel's "eternal" capital.

"My consistent and unequivocal position is that the U.S. Embassy should move to Jerusalem, as should other embassies", Netanyahu said at the meeting.

The officials highlighted the outcomes of the recent visits of His Majesty King Abdullah, Egyptian President Abdel Fattah Al Sisi and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas to the US, commending the "positive and constructive" discussions with US President Donald Trump on the importance of forging a peaceful solution to the Palestinian-Israeli conflict.

Still, a senior PLO official close to Abbas told Al-Monitor that despite the positive impressions of his meeting with Trump, Abbas came back to Ramallah with more questions than answers.

An Israeli official told Channel 2 that the Jewish state was "convinced that this statement contradicts President Trump's policy as expressed in his fierce opposition to the latest [United Nations] Security Council resolution" and that it had asked the United States for clarification on the comment.

In a statement Sunday, Netanyahu said moving the embassy would "not only not harm the peace process, rather the opposite", according to The Washington Post.

Stating that India held a prominent place in the world, he said New Delhi has to play a role in the Middle East peace process.

It's unclear whether Tillerson is reflecting the viewpoint of the president, or simply discussing how he sees the embassy move in the grand scheme of his vision for the Middle East.

Jordan on Sunday reiterated its stance that east Jerusalem is the capital of Palestine.

Israelis and Palestinians have been at odds since Israel was established in 1948. The analysis in Ramallah is that the Trump administration has chose to explore the possibility of starting a peace process in the months to come. "And so, I think in large measure the president is being very careful to understand how such a decision would impact a peace process".

The Palestinians, Zomlot said, were convinced of Trump's desire to "make peace" but acknowledged his approach remained unclear.

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