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ad­viser Michael Flynn’s guilty plea on charges of ly­ing to the FBI.

Shortly be­fore Kush­ner spoke, Pales­tinian Pres­i­dent Mah­moud Ab­bas warned that Amer­i­can recog­ni­tion of Jerusalem as Is­rael’s cap­i­tal would jeop­ar­dize the White House’s Mideast peace ef­forts.

“Any Amer­i­can step re­lated to the recog­ni­tion of Jerusalem as cap­i­tal of Is­rael, or mov­ing the U.S. Em­bassy to Jerusalem, rep­re­sents a threat to the fu­ture of the peace process and is un­ac­cept­able for the Pales­tini­ans, Arabs and in­ter­na­tion­ally,” Ab­bas told a group of Arab law­mak­ers from Is­rael, ac­cord­ing to the of­fi­cial Wafa news agency.

U.S. of­fi­cials said last week that Trump is poised to rec­og­nize Jerusalem as Is­rael’s cap­i­tal in a move that would up­end decades of U.S. pol­icy but also to put off once again mov­ing the em­bassy from Tel Aviv. The of­fi­cials said Trump is ex­pected to make his de­ci­sion known in a speech on Wed­nes­day.

The highly charged dec­la­ra­tion risks in­flam­ing ten­sions across the Mid­dle East, and U.S. em­bassies and con­sulates around the re­gion have been warned to ex­pect protests. But it would also off­set dis­ap­point­ment from Trump sup­port­ers from de­fer­ring once again his cam­paign promise to move the U.S. Em­bassy to Jerusalem.

Trump’s an­nounce­ment will fol­low months of in­ter­nal de­lib­er­a­tions that grew par­tic­u­larly in­tense last week, ac­cord­ing of­fi­cials fa­mil­iar with the dis­cus­sions. They de­scribed the pres­i­dent as in­tent on ful­fill­ing his pledge to move the em­bassy but also mind­ful that do­ing so could set back his aim of forg­ing a long-elu­sive peace agree­ment be­tween Is­rael and the Pales­tini­ans, who claim part of Jerusalem as the cap­i­tal of an even­tual state.

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