Zeev Elkin, Israel’s Minister for Jerusalem Affairs and Environmental Protection, has criticised U.S. President Donald Trump after Trump said he was prioritising an Israeli-Palestinian peace plan over campaign promise to move the U.S. embassy in Israel to Jerusalem.
Elkin, considered close to Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, told Israel’s Army Radio that “this was an election promise of President Trump and I regret the delay.”
In an interview broadcast on Saturday on TBN network, Trump described the Israeli-Palestinian peace deal as “toughest deal of all.
“I want to give that a shot before I even think about moving the embassy to Jerusalem,” Trump said.
U.S. presidents had refrained from doing so, saying such a move would endanger the peace process.
The Palestinian Authority says that East Jerusalem will be the capital of a future Palestinian state.