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Trump to Announce Recognition of Jerusalem

Jonathan Schanzer
5th December 2017 - Quoted by Rhys Dubin and Robbie Gramer - Foreign Policy

President Donald Trump will fulfill a controversial campaign promise to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and instruct the State Department to prepare moving the U.S. embassy from Tel Aviv, despite sharp protests and warnings from allies around the world.

Trump is expected to officially announce his decision in a speech on Wednesday, and he reportedly informed Palestinian, Jordanian, and Israeli leaders of his intentions on Tuesday. According to U.S. officials, however, the move will not happen immediately due to security concerns and inadequate infrastructure at the U.S. consulate in Jerusalem — the new home for the embassy.

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And while Israel has long seen Jerusalem as its capital, there is little indication that Israeli leaders were pressing for the move to be made now.

“This appears to be a U.S. move. The Israelis have been very quiet about all of this,” said Jonathan Schanzer, a senior vice president at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies.

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israel, jerusalem, palestinians