Trump weighs recognising Jerusalem as Israel's capital

Trump weighs recognising Jerusalem as Israel's capital

A scheduled 30-minute meeting on waiving the 1995 law that requires the move the embassy stretched to two hours, and Trump stayed for nearly half of that. Critics immediately responded by warning that such a move would likely prompt widespread Palestinian protests.

Trump's announcement is expected next week and follows months of internal deliberations that grew particularly intense in recent days, according to officials familiar with the talks.

Trump campaigned on a promise to move the embassy, but has walked back from the pledge as president. Another possibility involves Vice-President Mike Pence, who is set to travel to Israel in mid-December, making the Jerusalem announcement during his trip, one official said. "And I take the president at his word, and I'm personally committed to do all that I can to advocate for this move", Friedman said.

US President Donald Trump is seemingly closer than ever to announcing that the American Embassy in Israel will move to Jerusalem, a statement that could stoke tensions in the region.

As the Trump Administration is reportedly preparing to launch its Israeli-Palestinian peace plan, this dramatic change in the status quo is almost certain to derail peace efforts and trigger violence.

The Trump administration insisted the president hasn't made any decisions on the embassy.

Trump weighs recognising Jerusalem as Israel's capital
Trump weighs recognising Jerusalem as Israel's capital

The holy city is considered by both Palestinians and Israelis to be their capital city.

At Monday's White House meeting, Defence Secretary James Mattis and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson made the case that moving the embassy in Israel would pose a grave danger to American diplomats and troops stationed in the Middle East and Muslim nations, the U.S. officials said.

Moving the U.S. embassy in Israel, if it's given a green light, will not be a quick process, sources said.

There is also discussion within the administration about including some element that lessens the blow for Palestinians, such as an announcement that through future negotiations, East Jerusalem could become the the Palestinian capital. Recognizing Jerusalem as Israel's capital without a peace deal could run afoul of U.N. Security Council resolutions that don't recognize Israeli sovereignty over the city.

Action on the Israel embassy issue is intended to show progress on a key Trump campaign promise and aim to energize the Trump base.

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