State Department Heightens Embassy Security Ahead of Potential Trump Announcement on Jerusalem

US President Donald Trump speaks during a joint press conference with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at the White House on February 15, 2017
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Politico reports: The State Department has warned American embassies worldwide to heighten security ahead of a possible announcement Wednesday by President Donald Trump that the U.S. recognizes Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

The warning — delivered in the past week via two classified cables described by State Department officials — reflects concern that such an announcement could provoke fury in the Arab world even as Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner works to advance long-stalled peace talks between Israelis and Palestinians.

Some Arab leaders have implored Trump not to change longstanding American policy on Jerusalem, saying it could make any peace agreement impossible and that it would spark mass protests and even terrorism. The militant group Hamas has already called for a new Palestinian “intifada,” or uprising, if Trump declares Jerusalem the capital of the Jewish-majority state.

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