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Religion, politics and history: Uproar over Jerusalem declaration explained

Arab leaders have warned that a unilateral American move could lead to turmoil and hamper US efforts to restart long-stalled Israeli-Palestinian peace talks

Reuters  |  Jerusalem 

President Donald Trump announced on Wednesday that the United States recognises Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and that it will move its embassy to the holy city. In doing so, Trump is breaking with longtime US policy and potentially threatening regional stability, despite warnings from Western and Arab allies. Why is President Trump planning to recognise Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and move the embassy there? There has long been pressure from pro-Israel politicians in the United States to move its embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, and Trump made it a signature ...

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First Published: Thu, December 07 2017. 09:11 IST