World Trump likely to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital next week: official

04:41  02 december  2017
04:41  02 december  2017 Source:   Reuters

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump is likely to deliver a speech on Wednesday recognising Jerusalem as Israel ’ s capital , a senior U.S. official said on Friday, a move that could upend decades of American policy and further inflame tensions in the Middle East.

a close up of Donald Trump: Trump looks up as reporters ask questions about Tillerson at the White House in Washington © REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque Trump looks up as reporters ask questions about Tillerson at the White House in Washington

U.S. President Donald Trump is likely to deliver a speech on Wednesday recognizing Jerusalem as Israel's capital, a senior U.S. official said on Friday, a move that could upend decades of American policy and further inflame tensions in the Middle East.

Two administration officials said on Thursday that even as Trump was considering a controversial declaration of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, he was expected to again delay his campaign promise to move the U.S. embassy there from Tel Aviv.

The Palestinians want East Jerusalem as the capital of their future state, and the international community does not recognize Israel's claim on the entire city.

(Reporting By Steve Holland and Matt SpetalnickEditing by Chizu Nomiyama)

Netanyahu sees EU backing Jerusalem move .
<p>Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu says he expects European countries to follow the US in recognising Jerusalem as his country's capital.</p>He is in Brussels for talks - the first time an Israeli prime minister has visited the city in more than 20 years.

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