Palestinian envoy: Trump 'declaring war in the Middle East'

In a planned speech, Trump will direct the State Department to start the process of relocating the U.S. Embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, the administration officials told reporters.

"President Trump remains committed to achieving a lasting peace agreement between the Israelis and the Palestinians and is optimistic that peace can be achieved", a second US official said.

"It will take some time to find a site, to address security concerns, design a new facility, fund a new facility and build it", the official said.

There is a need for swift and coordinated Arab stances to face such a decision, said Rintawi, adding that developments in the Arab world and other issues should not overshadow the Palestinian issue at this stage.

Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim said Wednesday that the U.S. plan to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital is "unlawful" and could bring "irreversible consequences" in the region. The National Rifle Association has previously said expanding the right to carry a concealed weapon was a top legislative priority. "The main interest of the Israeli security establishment, taking into consideration their government position, is to maintain the status quo, not to escalate their relations with the Palestinians".

The Vatican has long sought an internationally guaranteed status for Jerusalem that safeguards its sacred character for Jews, Muslims and Christians.

But the Palestinians want the eastern sector as the capital of their future state and fiercely oppose any Israeli attempt to extend sovereignty there.

During his phone call with Trump on Tuesday, President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi stressed the dire need to halt the measures that would undermine the prospects of peace talks and which, consequently, would complicate the situation in the Middle East.

"Jerusalem is important for a lot of people".

What is the US proposing?

The nation's president called on Muslim nations to hold an urgent summit to discuss the highly provocative plans. Certainly, previous American presidents have hinted at recognising Jerusalem as Israel's capital, but this is the first time anyone has gone this far. The halt in planning has also been accompanied by a drastic rise in home demolition orders in East Jerusalem.

He promised the move during his campaign for the presidency. The Arab League held a delegates-level meeting in Cairo on Tuesday night, with chief Ahmed Abul Gheit saying members had convened, "given the danger of this matter".

This poster could be seen in Jerusalem prior to Trump's visit to Israel in May.

Israel uses this law, however, to confiscate private land for building Jewish-only settlement roads, connecting them with one another and to Israel.

Past administration have signed waivers every six months to delay the move.

Vice President Mike Pence said in late November that Trump was "actively considering when and how to move the American Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem".

The White House only said the president discussed potential decisions regarding Jerusalem with all the Middle East leaders he spoke to on Tuesday, including Israeli President Benjamin Netanyahu.

President Trump sparked international concern in the early weeks of his presidency when he appeared to question the necessity of a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian issue, a bedrock of the international policy on the Middle East for decades.

I arrived in Jerusalem just as the right-wing mayor Ehud Olmert was opening a festival to celebrate 3,000 years since King David captured it from the Jebusites.

"The recognition by the U.S. and other countries will make clear to Palestinians that they must accept the existence of Israel and must conduct real negotiations of peace with Israel", said Intelligence Minister Israel Katz. The statement also issued restrictions on U.S. government employees' personal and official travel for certain areas of Israel. He spoke of dialogue between religions "and also in civil society". The U.S. has consular offices in Jerusalem, but it's unlikely that they would be suitable for a permanent embassy.

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