The fragile diplomatic relations between Israel and its Middle East neighbours is in doubt as President Donald Trump will reportedly shift the US embassy to Jerusalem.

Mr Trump told Israeli and Arab leaders overnight that he plans to recognise Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

The shift represents a symbolically dangerous move that could undo efforts to broker peace between Israel and the Palestinians.and reverse decades of US policy, the New York Times reported.

Mr Trump is expected to announce his decision Wednesday, two days after the deadline for him to decide whether to keep the US Embassy in Tel Aviv.

Mr Trump informed Palestinian President Mahmolud Abbas that he intends to move the embassy to Jerusalem, Mr Abbas’s spokesman said in a statement Wednesday morning.

Ahmed Aboul-Gheit, the head of the Arab League, urged the US States to reconsider any recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, saying such a step would be a “dangerous measure that would have repercussions” across the region, the AP reported.

 

Read the full article by Neil Frankland at The New Daily.

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