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US plans to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's Capital

Despite advice from the majority of foreign powers, President Trump plans to formally recognize Jersulam as Israel's capital. This decision goes against almost seven decades of peace between Israel and the Palestinians.

According to the Times of Israel, if [the United States] announces the relocation of the US Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, or if President Donald Trump makes remarks acknowledging Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, this would mark the end of the peace process.

This is ultimately reported to inflame Muslims and disrupt progress toward a peace deal between the Israelis and the Palestinians. The majority of United States allies have long opposed such a radical change in policy and, according to The Washington Post, the State Department sent a classified memo to embassies in the Middle East late last month warning of potential anti-American protests.

"Such a dangerous step of relocation or recognition of Al-Quds as the capital of Israel would constitute a flagrant provocation of Muslims, all over the world," warned the Saudi Press Agency, speaking on behalf of King Salman bin Abdul Aziz.

In addition, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said American recognition of Jerusalem would be a “red line” for Muslims, possibly forcing Turkey to cut diplomatic ties with Israel that were recently renewed after a six-year hiatus.

Jordanian King Abdullah II voiced his concern alongside Erdogan, adding that any such agreement must allow for an independent Palestinian state and that "ignoring Palestinian Muslim and Christian rights" in the holy city "could fuel terrorism."

Acording to Politico, Ttrump's son-in-law Jared Kushner has spent the past few months shuttling to and from the region, and speculation had pointed to this inevitable deal. Kushner was reportedly the “very high-level” Trump official who ordered Flynn to make the outreach to the Russians at Israel’s behest, made his first public appearance ever to discuss his peace efforts Sunday at the Saban Forum, an annual gathering of top Israeli and American officials.

“We’ve been very focused on the deal,” Kushner briefly commented on the subject of Jerusalem. “We’ve gone out of our way to do a lot of listening.”

Trump's announcement Wednesday coincides with his campaign pledge to relocate the US Embassy to Jerusalem, an unprecedented move that no presidential predecessor has sought due to regional security concerns and because the international community had agreed that Jerusalem's status would be resolved as part of a negotiated agreement between Israelis and Palestinians.

CNN reports that No countries have embassies in Jerusalem.

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