Trump urges recog­ni­tion of Jerusalem as Is­rael’s cap­i­tal de­spite op­po­si­tion

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WASH­ING­TON (AP) — Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump forged ahead Tues­day with plans to rec­og­nize Jerusalem as Is­rael’s cap­i­tal, de­spite var­i­ous threats from some Arab na­tions.

Trump also told the lead­ers of the Pales­tinian Author­ity and Jor­dan in phone calls that he in­tends to move the U.S. Em­bassy in Is­rael from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. It re­mains un­clear, how­ever, when he might take that phys­i­cal step.

Trump is to pub­licly ad­dress the question of Jerusalem on Wed­nes­day.

U.S. of­fi­cials fa­mil­iar with his plan­ning said he would de­clare Jerusalem as Is­rael’s cap­i­tal. The United States has never en­dorsed the Jewish state’s claim of sovereignty over any part of Jerusalem and has in­sisted its sta­tus be re­solved through Is­raeli-Pales­tinian ne­go­ti­a­tion.

The con­sid­er­a­tion of Trump chang­ing the sta­tus quo sparked a re­newed U.S. se­cu­rity warn­ing on Tues­day. Amer­ica’s con­sulate in Jerusalem or­dered U.S. per­son­nel and their fam­i­lies to avoid vis­it­ing Jerusalem’s Old City or the West Bank, and urged Amer­i­can cit­i­zens in gen­eral to avoid places with in­creased po­lice or mil­i­tary pres­ence.

Trump, as a pres­i­den­tial can­di­date, re­peat­edly promised to move the U. S. em­bassy. How­ever, U.S. lead­ers have rou­tinely and un­cer­e­mo­ni­ously delayed such a move since Pres­i­dent Bill Clin­ton signed a law in 1995 stip­u­lat­ing that the United States must re­lo­cate its diplo­matic pres­ence to Jerusalem un­less the com­man­der in chief is­sues a waiver on na­tional se­cu­rity grounds.

Trump is likely to do the same, U.S. of­fi­cials said, though less qui­etly. That’s why he plans to cou­ple the waiver with the dec­la­ra­tion of Jerusalem as Is­rael’s cap­i­tal, ac­cord­ing to the of­fi­cials who weren’t au­tho­rized to speak pub­licly on the mat­ter and de­manded anonymity.

Key na­tional se­cu­rity ad­vis­ers in­clud­ing Sec­re­tary of State Rex Tiller­son and De­fense Sec­re­tary Jim Mat­tis have urged cau­tion, ac­cord­ing to the of­fi­cials, who said Trump has been re­cep­tive to some of their con­cerns.

U.S. of­fi­cials, along with an out­side ad­viser to the ad­min­is­tra­tion, said they ex­pected a broad state­ment from Trump about Jerusalem’s sta­tus as the “cap­i­tal of Is­rael.” The pres­i­dent isn’t plan­ning to use the phrase “un­di­vided cap­i­tal,” ac­cord­ing to the of­fi­cials. Such ter­mi­nol­ogy is fa­vored by Is­raeli of­fi­cials in­clud­ing Prime Min­is­ter Ben­jamin Ne­tanyahu and would im­ply Is­rael’s sovereignty over east Jerusalem, which the Pales­tini­ans seek for their own fu­ture cap­i­tal.

Ahmed Aboul-Gheit, the head of the Arab League, urged the U.S. to re­con­sider any recog­ni­tion of Jerusalem as Is­rael’s cap­i­tal, warn­ing of “reper­cus­sions.” Turk­ish Pres­i­dent Re­cep Tayyip Er­do­gan told his Par­lia­ment such recog­ni­tion was a “red line” and that Tur­key could re­spond by cut­ting diplo­matic ties with Is­rael.

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