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Trump 'To Recognise Jerusalem as Israeli Capital'

Trump 'To Recognise Jerusalem as Israeli Capital'

USA diplomatic posts have been put on alert due to heightened security concerns in the Middle East due to the fact that President Trump is actively considering recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, CBS News' Margaret Brennan reports.

WASHINGTON-U.S. President Donald Trump is considering recognizing Jerusalem as Israel's capital, a highly charged declaration that risks inflaming tensions across the Middle East, officials said Thursday.

Trump's announcement is expected next week and follows months of internal deliberations that officials described as growing particularly intense in recent days.

Reports coming in from Israel indicate that the Trump administration has notified United States missions overseas that the Trump Administration is planning to formally recognize Jerusalem as the "undivided" capital of Israel and to move the U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem at a later unspecified date in the future.

That disputed territory status has put Jerusalem at the center of resolving the conflict between Israelis and Palestinians.

"President Donald Trump is actively considering when and how to move the American embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem", Pence said Tuesday at an event in NY organized by the Israeli mission to the United Nations in partnership with the World Jewish Congress marking the 70th anniversary of the U.N. General Assembly vote to recognize Israel on November 29, 1947. After vowing to pull out, Trump in October decertified the agreement as no longer serving America's national interests.

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The Trump White House has developed a plan to declare Jerusalem as Israel's "undivided" capital and has began notifying its missions overseas to lay the ground for its announcement, the Wall Street Journal reported on Thursday.

The Trump administration insisted the president hasn't made any decisions on the embassy.

In the same Monday White House meeting, a further six-month delay to moving the embassy was reportedly debated alongside a move to declare Jerusalem as Israel's capital, The Hill reported.

Any change in USA position is delicate.

The U.S. also faces legal constraints.