According to the Times of Israel, Walid Phares, one of Trump’s foreign policy advisors have indicated that Trump might not move the United States Embassy to Jerusalem immediately but would make an Israeli-Palestinian peace deal a top priority.
This is not the only promise that Trump has been back peddling on, according to reports in the media, since Trump has met with Obama and the protests have been raging against his victory, Trump has been slowly cutting U-turns on many hard fought campaign promises.
The Times of Israel reports that is “highlighted persisting confusion over what the contours of a Trump administration’s foreign policy may look like.”
Another campaign promise that Trump was adamant about sticking to was ripping up the Iran deal. However, On Thursday, Phares, speaking to the BBC, said Trump is now just considering a moderate renegotiation
“Ripping up is maybe a too strong of word, he’s gonna take that agreement, it’s been done before in international context, and then review it,” he said, according to a CNN recording of the interview.
“He will take the agreement, review it, send it to Congress, demand from the Iranians to restore a few issues or change a few issues, and there will be a discussion,” Phares added. “It could be a tense discussion but the agreement as is right now — $750 billion to the Iranian regime without receiving much in return and increasing intervention in four countries — that is not going to be accepted by the Trump administration.”
Times of Israel also reported that State Department spokesman Mark Toner warned that nothing was stopping Trump from tearing up the agreement, rebuffing comments from Iranian President Hassan Rouhani that the pact was enshrined by the United Nations Security Council and could therefore not be canceled by one party.
Toner continued, if Trump pulls out of the agreement, it could fall apart and lead to Iran restarting work toward a bomb.
As the explained by TOI, Iran remains deeply distrustful of the United States and may not be open to renegotiating the agreement. It seems that Donald Trump is taking a softer approach on both the Iran deal and moving the embassy
Phares also told the BBC that while Trump remained committed to moving the US Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, as other presidential candidates have vowed, he would not do so unilaterally.
A number of Israeli politicians, including Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat, are taking advantage of Trump’s victory by holding him to his promises to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s undivided capital, which would include moving the embassy there, “breaking with long-standing US policy to await a final status agreement on the city,” TOI reports.