Trump is on Friday supposed to sign the presidential waiver keeping the embassy in Tel Aviv.
As the Trump Administration is reportedly preparing to launch its Israeli-Palestinian peace plan, this dramatic change in the status quo is nearly certain to derail peace efforts and trigger violence.
The officials, who weren't authorized to publicly discuss the matter and spoke on condition of anonymity, said the outlines of Trump's plan emerged from a meeting of his top national security advisers at the White House on Monday.
Alarmed by reports that the Trump Administration is considering immediate action to move the US Israel embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, Americans for Peace Now is calling on President Trump to eschew this risky action.
As popular as this action may be among some Israelis and their right-wing American supporters, it will justifiably infuriate Palestinians, who view East Jerusalem as their future capital, and who see themselves as the guardians of Jerusalem's Muslim holy sites. On Wednesday, White House spokesman Sarah Sanders described an earlier report saying Trump would order an embassy move as "premature".
A senior administration official said Mr Trump will likely waive the requirement again in coming days, but that he is considering what other steps he might take at the same time, such as declaring Jerusalem the capital of Israel.
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US Ambassador to Israel, David Friedman said earlier this month that it his belief that President Trump would in fact move the embassy, calling tit a matter of "when, not if".
The status of Jerusalem is one of the major stumbling blocks in achieving peace between Israel and the Palestinians. But as president, he has faced equally forceful lobbying from close USA allies such as King Abdullah II of Jordan, who have impressed on him the dangers in abandoning America's carefully balanced position on the holy city. A number of other presidents similarly campaigned on a promise to move the embassy but reneged in office. The officials said that Trump is likely to issue a new waiver but that he may change his mind.
Inside the Trump administration, officials said debate now centers on how to make a Jerusalem announcement without affecting Israeli-Palestinian "final status" negotiations. Among options reportedly under consideration: a statement to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital or a directive to American diplomats to conduct all official business there.
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The holy city is considered by both Palestinians and Israelis to be their capital city.
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