Trump Weighs Recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s Capital
President Donald Trump is likely to announce next week that the United States recognizes Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, a senior administration official said on Friday, a move that would upend decades of American policy and possibly inflame tensions in the Middle East.
Trump could make the controversial declaration in a speech on Wednesday though he is also expected to again delay his campaign promise to move the US embassy to Jerusalem from Tel Aviv. The senior official and two other government sources said final decisions had not yet been made.
The Palestinians want Jerusalem as the capital of their future state, and the international community does not recognize Israel’s claim on all of the city, home to sites holy to the Jewish, Muslim and Christian religions.
Word of Trump’s planned announcement, which would deviate from previous US presidents who have insisted the Jerusalem’s status must be decided in negotiations, drew criticism from the Palestinian Authority and was sure to anger the broader Arab world.
(Editor’s Note: We tried to pick up this story from Reuters but when we went to Reuters we got this message: “Page Unavailable. This page is temporarily unavailable. Our apologies for the inconvenience.” We then realized that the Jerusalem Post story actually came from Reuters and appears to be the same story that has disappeared from Reuters website. )