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Trump To Recognize Jerusalem As Capital Of Israel Next Week

Trump will recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel next week, according to reports from Reuters and Axios. No previous U.S. president has recognized Jerusalem as the capital.

The White House initially denied the reports, then said it had “nothing to announce.”

“The President has always said it is a matter of when, not if,” a White House spokesman told Axios. “The President is still considering options.”

Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem would deviate from the position held by previous U.S. presidents: that Jerusalem’s status should be addressed in peace negotiations. The move could undermine the Trump administration’s efforts to deliver a viable peace plan for the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Officials told Reuters that Trump will likely continue to continue signing waivers overriding the 1995 law that requires the U.S. to move its embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

Officials underscored that no final plan has been made yet, and that Trump may decide to proceed with the embassy’s relocation eventually.

Contact Ari Feldman at [email protected] or on Twitter @aefeldman

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