Trump had been up against a Thursday deadline to either certify the US had opened an embassy in Jerusalem or see the State Department lose half its funding for overseas facilities. Written into that act was a provision that allowed the president to sign a six-month waiver that would delay the move. Palestinian officials expressed support for the order and called it "a chance for peace".
Positioning the embassy in Jerusalem would tend to please Trump's conservative Jewish supporters and major donors, but not many liberals, the USA foreign policy establishment, the Palestinians or their Arab allies.
Not moving the embassy affected Trump's popularity in Israel, where Trump's approval ratings have dropped significantly since he took office in January.
The Jerusalem Embassy Act passed by Congress in 1995 requires that the Embassy be moved to Jerusalem, but Presidents Bill Clinton, George W. Bush and Barack Obama declined by waiving the law every six months, citing national security reasons.
The White House framed the decision to delay the move as a necessary step to secure an Israeli-Palestinian peace deal. Israel captured the area from Jordan in the 1967 Mideast war and claims all the city as its eternal capital.
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Trump visited Israel and the Palestinian territories last week, holding talks with both Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
The decision is a blow to Israeli hard-liners and their American backers who have long urged the United States and others to build their embassies in Jerusalem.
Zomlot says: "We are ready to start the consultation process with the USA administration".
"Though Israel is disappointed that the embassy will not move at this time, we appreciate today's expression of President Trump's friendship to Israel and his commitment to moving the embassy in the future", the statement said.
The location of the U.S. Embassy in Israel, which will stay in Tel Aviv for now, is not a big concern to the average Israeli. However, since the Palestinian Authority would like to make East Jerusalem the capital of an eventual state, picking Jerusalem as the site of the USA embassy would be a clear signal of favouring one side over the other.