File photo taken on Feb. 15, 2017 shows U.S. President DonaldTrump (R) and visiting Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu hold a joint press conference at the White House in Washington D.C., the United States. (Xinhua/Yin Bogu)
WASHINGTON, May 17 (Xinhua) -- U.S. President Donald Trump is expected to break a campaign promise by not moving the U.S. embassy in Israel to Jerusalem, local media reports said.
Citing a White House official who spoke on condition of anonymity, Bloomberg reported on Wednesday that the White House believed that recognizing Jerusalem as Israel's capital "would not be wise at this time."
"We've been very clear what our position is and what we would like to see done, but we're not looking to provoke anyone when everyone's playing really nice," Bloomberg cited the official as saying.
During the presidential campaign, Trump pledged to move the U.S. embassy from Tel Aviv, Israel to Jerusalem, and U.S. Vice President Mike Pence said early this month that Trump was "giving serious consideration into" the relocation.
Despite the passage of the Jerusalem Embassy Act of 1995 by the U.S. Congress, which required the relocation of U.S. embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, former U.S. presidents, including George W. Bush, Bill Clinton and Barack Obama, consistently renewed a presidential waiver to delay the relocation on national security interests.
The status of Jerusalem remains one of the core issues in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. So far, the international community does not recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and not a single foreign country bases their embassies in the city.