Palestinians say Trump plans to move embassy

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JERUSALEM (AP) -- (all times local):
11: 15 p.m.
The White House says President Donald Trump has discussed "potential decisions regarding Jerusalem" during calls with leaders of Israel, the Palestinian Authority and Jordan.
A White House statement on the Tuesday calls says Trump also "reaffirmed his commitment to advancing Israeli-Palestinian peace talks."
The statement does not say if Trump discussed whether the U.S. will recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital, or move the U.S. Embassy from Tel Aviv to the contested city.
Statements from the offices of Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and Jordan's King Abdullah II said Trump indicated plans to move the embassy in the calls. It was unclear if he outlined when he would take such a step.
Both leaders warned Trump that moving the embassy would threaten Mideast peace efforts.
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10:35 p.m.
The White House says President Donald Trump will deliver remarks Wednesday outlining his decision on a potential move of the U.S. Embassy in Israel.
White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders says the president is "pretty solid" in his thinking on the plan but won't say what Trump will announce. Sanders says the president will make the "best decision for the United States."
U.S. officials have said Trump may recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital, a move that could inflame tensions across the Middle East but offset a likely decision delaying his campaign promise to move the U.S. Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.
Trump has been speaking Tuesday to Middle East leaders about the decision.

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The official Palestinian news agency says President Donald Trump informed Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas of his plans to move the U.S. Embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to contested Jerusalem.
The WAFA agency says Trump informed Abbas of his decision in a phone call Tuesday.
Abbas spokesman Nabil Abu Rdeneh says Abbas warned Trump of the dangers of such a decision to Mideast peace efforts as well as security and stability in the region and the world.
The statement did not say if Trump told Abbas when he plans to move the embassy.
The Palestinians seek east Jerusalem as the capital of a future state, and have warned they would halt contacts with Washington if Trump makes unilateral decisions about the status of the city.
Jerusalem, home to key Muslim, Christian and Jewish shrines, is the combustible centerpiece of the Arab-Israeli conflict.



 
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