World leaders urge Trump against moving embassy to Jerusalem

A general view shows the Dome of the Rock and Jerusalem's Old City from David Tower

A general view shows the Dome of the Rock and Jerusalem's Old City from David Tower

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas had warned Trump against "the dangerous consequences such a decision would have to the peace process and to the peace, security and stability of the region and of the world", Navil Abu Rudeina, Abbass' spokesman, said in a statement after Trump's call.

Israel's supreme court and parliament are housed in Jerusalem, making it Israel's legislative and judicial capital, while the city of Ramallah is the current seat of the PA government.

Jerusalem is home to key Muslim, Christian and Jewish shrines, which have long been a flashpoint in the protracted Israel-Palestinian conflict.

U.S. officials have told The Associated Press the announcement would come on Wednesday and would include instructions for the State Department to begin moving the U.S. Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

"A way must be found through negotiations to resolve the status of Jerusalem as the future capital of both states so that the aspiration of both parties can be fulfilled", she added.

Katz called the day historic and said he welcomed Trump's apparent decisions.

The White House confirmed the call, but did not offer any details or time frame for the reported embassy move. The statement also issued restrictions on U.S. government employees' personal and official travel for certain areas of Israel.

The officials said in a briefing that Trump's expected announcement is "recognition of a reality". It is far too common in the Arab world today to look at the revolutionary uprisings in 2011 in a negative light, due to the upheaval and the unexpected progressions they took.

Vice President Mike Pence and David Friedman, U.S. ambassador to Israel, pushed hard for both recognition and embassy relocation, while Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Defense Secretary Jim Mattis opposed the move from Tel Aviv, according to other U.S. officials who spoke on condition of anonymity.

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The Palestinians have warned that changing the status of Jerusalem would mean the end of those peace efforts.

But he is likely to sign a waiver keeping the embassy where it is, for another six months, due to logistical reasons.

French President Emmanuel Macron spoke by telephone with Trump on Monday, and French officials said Macron "expressed his concern over the possibility the United States would unilaterally recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel".

That remains the UN position, even though Israel captured the old city and East Jerusalem from Jordan during the 1967 Six-Day War and has since passed laws declaring Jerusalem its "eternal and undivided capital".

Moving the embassy could therefore be a process that takes years, requiring immense planning and security considerations as the U.S. looks for a new site to host its diplomatic staff.

No country currently has its embassy in Jerusalem, and the international community does not recognise Israel's jurisdiction over and ownership of the city.

A small group of Palestinians protested in Bethlehem on Tuesday evening, burning posters with the image of Trump. That's not simply a question about Jerusalem - but how fitting it is that the City of Peace serves as reminder to the people of this region that true peace is the presence of justice. Police recently arrested 36 ultra-Orthodox men in Jerusalem who were protesting against being drafted.

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