View of the city of Jerusalem, on December 1, 2017. US President Donald Trump may recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.
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U.S. President Donald Trump is likely to deliver a speech Wednesday recognizing occupied Jerusalem as Israel's capital, a senior U.S. official said Friday, a move that could upend decades of American policy and further inflame tensions in the Middle East.Without referring to Trump or the U.S. by name, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas' spokesman Nabil Abu Rudeina warned Friday of the potential destructive effects of any move denying their claim to East Jerusalem as the capital of an independent Palestinian state.Under U.S. law signed by President Bill Clinton in 1995, the U.S. must relocate its embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem unless the president waives the requirement on national security grounds, something required every six months.After a lengthy back and forth at the White House meeting, Trump and his inner circle appeared to accept those concerns but insisted the president had to demonstrate his stated commitment to move the embassy, the officials said.
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