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Trump Announces U.S. Will Recognize Jerusalem As Israel’s Capital

On Wednesday, President Trump formally recognized Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, upending decades of U.S. diplomacy in the region. The U.S. embassy in Israel will remain in Tel Aviv for security purposes for the next six months. The decision is extremely controversial, fulfilling a campaign promise Trump made while angering U.S. allies abroad. Saudi Arabia’s King Salman reportedly warned Trump that “moving the U.S. embassy is a dangerous step that provokes the feelings of Muslims around the world.” Experts predict the move will derail the already shaky peace talks between Israel and Palestine. “There will of course be disagreement and dissent regarding this announcement — but we are confident that ultimately … we will arrive at a place of greater understanding and cooperation,” Trump said.

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