The Associated Press reports:
The White House says President Donald Trump will deliver remarks Wednesday outlining his decision on a potential move of the U.S. Embassy in Israel.
White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders says the president is “pretty solid” in his thinking on the plan but won’t say what Trump will announce. Sanders says the president will make the “best decision for the United States.”
U.S. officials have said Trump may recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, a move that could inflame tensions across the Middle East but offset a likely decision delaying his campaign promise to move the U.S. Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.
From the New York Daily News:
The move has the potential for widespread backlash across the fragile Middle East, with a group of Palestinians gathering Tuesday night and burning pictures of the President.
Fears of violence and a breakdown in peace talks between Israelis and Palestinians have led other world leaders from Saudi Arabia to the Vatican to make their case to Trump to avoid exacerbating the situation for little gain.
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas’ office said that Trump had made his intentions clear in a phone call, and his spokesman said that he warned of “dangerous consequences such a decision would have.”
King Abdullah II of Jordan and King Salman of Saudi Arabia, both important U.S. partners, issued similar statements after speaking with the President, with the former saying that it would “fuel the feelings of Muslims and Christians.”
The walls of the Old City of #Jerusalem illuminated with US and Israeli flags ahead of President Trump’s expected announcement that the US will recognize Jerusalem as #Israel‘s capital.(@Jerusalem_Post) pic.twitter.com/GOWdFcKVH2
— William Daroff (@Daroff) December 6, 2017