Jerusalem mayor hopes Trump will move U.S. Em­bassy to city

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JERUSALEM | Jerusalem’s mayor said Tues­day he’s con­fi­dent Don­ald Trump will move the Amer­i­can Em­bassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

Mayor Nir Barkat said con­ver­sa­tions with Mr. Trump’s staff have led him to be­lieve the pres­i­dent-elect is se­ri­ous about the move.

Trans­fer­ring the em­bassy to Jerusalem would be a highly sym­bolic and po­lit­i­cally charged act. Vir­tu­ally all em­bassies to Is­rael are lo­cated in or around Tel Aviv. Is­rael cap­tured east Jerusalem in 1967 and an­nexed it in a move that is not in­ter­na­tion­ally rec­og­nized. It claims the en­tire city as its cap­i­tal.

Pales­tini­ans seek east Jerusalem, home to key Jewish, Mus­lim and Chris­tian holy sites, as the cap­i­tal of their fu­ture state.

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