Israel: We Have Not Heard Imminent Plans to Move U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem

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The Jerusalem Post reports: American, Israeli and Jordanian officials all poured cold water on reports that the US was on the cusp of recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and moving its embassy there from Tel Aviv.

Channel 2 News reported on Wednesday that US President Donald Trump may formally recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital early next week and direct his staff to prepare for moving the embassy to Jerusalem. Within hours, however, White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders said, “This is a premature report. We have nothing to announce.”

Moving the embassy at this stage, he was quoted as saying, “would have implications on the Palestinian, Arab and Muslim scene, and would threaten the two-state solution. It could be potentially exploited by terrorists to stoke anger, frustration and desperation in order to spread their ideologies.” According to the report, Abdullah said it was “important that no measures are taken to undermine the US administration’s commendable efforts aimed at resuming the peace process.”

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