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01 June 2017, 12:42 | Mandy Simon
President Donald Trump is predicted to leave the USA embassy in Tel Aviv, instead of moving it to Jerusalem as he vowed during his campaign, CNN reports.
Trump was reportedly warned by top U.S. officials not to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital during the May 22-23 visit, for fear that it could have broad regional risks, echoing recommendations from leaders in the region including Jordan's King Abdullah who warned Trump that an embassy move would have a negative impact on the peace process. "And my meeting with my very good friend Benjamin".
Among those who have pulled out in support of the cultural boycott of Israel, Haaretz reported, are South African director John Trengrove, whose film "The Wound" is the opening-night production; Canadian-Pakistani screenwriter and actor Fawzia Mirza ("Signature Move"); Nadia Ibrahim, a Palestinian living in Denmark who was to serve as a member of the festival jury and appear on a panel, and Swiss actor Jasna Fritzi Bauer.
Signing the waiver - which CNN reported Trump would do Wednesday - would put off through December 1 any action on actually moving the embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.
Trump, who became the first sitting US President to visit the Western Wall holy site in east Jerusalem, made no mention of the looming deadline during a visit to Israel last week despite mounting pressure on his White House to make clear its policy with regards to the ultra-sensitive status of Jerusalem.
US President Donald Trump and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu shake during then visit to the Israel museum in Jerusalem, Tuesday, May 23, 2017. Israel captured parts of East Jerusalem in the 1967 Middle East War.
According to a senior administration official, Trump still supports moving the embassy to Jerusalem, but believes now may not be the right time to do so becuase it might harm the chances of peace negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians.
Bolton's bold prediction came just a few weeks after Trump met Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas earlier this month and promised to broker a "peace" deal.
A law passed in 1995 mandated that the embassy be moved to Jerusalem, but every president since has signed a waiver preventing this.
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