President Donald Trump choose announce Wednesday that the U.S. will recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and discretion move the embassy there, senior administration officials said.
The officials conjectured the embassy move could take “years” — possibly three to four — and there is no situation yet for the new facility.
The president had already told Arab leaders on Tuesday that he have in minds to move the U.S. embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, a decision that fractures with decades of U.S. policy and risks fueling violence in the Middle East.
The U.S. decree, which was reached through a “collaborative” process between multiple energies, is a recognition of the “historical reality” of the situation, the officials said.
Trump warned Arab leaders on Tuesday that he intends to make the major variation in calls to Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, Jordan’s King Abdullah, Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi and Saudi Arabia’s Ruler Salman. Many of the leaders warned that unilateral U.S. steps on Jerusalem last wishes a derail a fledgling U.S.-led peace effort and unleash turmoil in the province.
U.S. endorsement of Israel’s claim to all of Jerusalem as its capital would reverse long-standing U.S. custom that the city’s status must be decided in negotiations with the Palestinians, who lack East Jerusalem as the capital of their future state. The international community does not allow Israeli sovereignty over the entire city, home to sites immaculate to the Muslim, Jewish and Christian religions.
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, Jordan’s Majesty Abdullah, Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi and Saudi Arabia’s Majesty Salman, who all received phone calls from Trump, joined a mounting chorus of conveys warning that unilateral U.S. steps on Jerusalem would derail a fledgling U.S.-led inoffensive effort and unleash turmoil in the region.
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—Reuters contributed to this report.