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Israel Expects President Trump to Move Embassy to Jerusalem Within Days

30 November 2017

Congress passed a law in 1995 making it USA policy to move the embassy to Jerusalem, symbolically endorsing Israel's claim on the city as its capital.

"As President Trump has said, in his words, 'We want Israel to have peace.' And in the recent months, we've made valuable progress toward achieving that noble goal".

New comments by U.S. officials reiterating a pledge by President Donald Trump to move the country's embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem reflect the futility of peace negotiations, Palestinians say. The report said the declaration was expected within days, possibly as soon as Sunday.

During his campaign for the White House, Trump expressed support for moving the embassy but did not renew the call - which would anger Palestinians and Arab states - when he visited Jerusalem this year.

Earlier this year, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas had warned against the embassy's move, in an official letter addressed to Trump.

According to the estimated motive for the decision now, sources have said that the President does not want to wait for a formal political plan of action to take shape because he does not want to have to again sign a renunciation of the plan to move the embassy.

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In a speech commemorating the 70th anniversary of the United Nations vote that led to the founding of the state of Israel, Mr. Pence told the audience that Mr. Trump's campaign promise about the embassy move is still being debated. It later annexed east Jerusalem in a move never recognised by the global community. The Palestinians, however, see East Jerusalem as the capital of their future state.

The administration was "committed" to bringing peace to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, he said. But, in 1948, Zionist forces seized the western half of the city and declared the area as part of what became Israel.

If as a forerunner to moving the embassy, Trump formally recognizes Jerusalem as Israel's capital, he is likely to make clear that the recognition is only of west Jerusalem in order to keep the final status of the entire city something to be determined in negotiations.

Shaheen also argued the that United States government is trying to draw out a path for the region at the expense of Palestinians, while attempting to force new conditions on their leadership before announcing its own plan for the peace process.

But in October, Trump said he wants to give peace a chance, before deciding whether the USA embassy in Israel should make the highly contentious move from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

Israel occupied east Jerusalem and the West Bank in 1967.