Trump to recognise Jerusalem as capital
President Donald Trump will recognise Jerusalem as Israel's capital and set in motion the relocation of the US Embassy to the ancient city, senior US officials say.
The decision upends decades of US policy and risks fuelling violence in the Middle East.
Facing an outcry of opposition from Arab capitals, Trump, in a landmark speech, will announce he has ordered the State Department to begin developing a plan to move the embassy from Tel Aviv in what is expected to be a process that takes three to four years, the officials said. He will not set a timetable for the move.Macron nightmare: President’s popularity to fall further as France fights labour reforms
Trump will sign a national security waiver that authorises him to delay the embassy relocation for now, since the US diplomats do not yet have a building in Jerusalem to move into, security arrangements or housing for diplomats, the officials said.
Still, Trump's endorsement of Israel's claim to all of Jerusalem as its capital will reverse long-standing US policy that the city's status must be decided in negotiations with the Palestinians, who want East Jerusalem as the capital of their future state.
The international community does not recognise Israeli sovereignty over the entire city, home to sites holy to the Muslim, Jewish and Christian religions.Putin: Donald Trump ‘is not my bride’
Instead, one of the officials contended that Trump's announcements reflected the "historic reality" of Jerusalem as the centre of Jewish faith and the "modern reality" that it is the seat of Israeli government.
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, Jordan's King Abdullah, Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi and Saudi Arabia's King Salman, who all received telephone calls from Trump on Tuesday, have joined a mounting chorus of voices warning that unilateral US steps on Jerusalem will derail a fledgling US-led peace effort and unleash turmoil in the region.