The White House formally announced today that it will delay for six months the decision on whether to move the U.S. embassy in Israel to Jerusalem. This is a backtrack on President Trump's promise.
- Why the waiver?: Presidents have done this every six months since 1995, when Congress passed a law requiring the move.
- Why the delay?: As a source who has been in the process for multiple presidents told Axios, this is Trump defaulting to the status quo. Bureaucrats brief a new president, show them the doomsday forecast of riots, broken peace deals, new security requirements and other issues, and presidents back off. etc.