Jerusalem – live updates: Donald Trump expected to recognise city as Israel’s capital in hours as Palestinians burn images of US President


Donald Trump is expected to recognise Jerusalem as Israel’s capital today, a move which would upend decades of US policy and risk potentially violent protests.

Despite warnings from Arab, Muslim and Western allies, the US President will instruct the State Department to begin the process of moving the American embassy from Tel Aviv to the holy city.

The United States has never endorsed the Israel’s claim of sovereignty over any part of Jerusalem and has insisted its status be resolved through Israeli-Palestinian negotiation.

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an hour ago

The Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, did not comment on the planned US recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital during his first public remarks since the White House confirmed the new policy.

an hour ago

Turkey’s foreign minister has said it would be a “grave mistake” for the US to move its embassy in Israel to Jerusalem.

Metluv Cavusoglu said: “It would be a grave mistake [to move the US embassy]. It will not bring any stability… but rather chaos and instability.”

“The whole world is against this,” he said, adding he had already told the US Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson, how he felt and would reiterate during Nato’s foreign ministers’ meeting.

an hour ago

The Turkish government’s spokesman has said the United States’ decision to recognise Jerusalem as the capital of Israel will plunge the region and the world into “a fire with no end in sight”.

“Declaring Jerusalem a capital is disregarding history and the truths in the region, it is a big injustice/cruelty, shortsightedness, foolishness/madness, it is plunging the region and the world into a fire with no end in sight,” Deputy Prime Minister Bekir Bozdag said on Twitter.

“I call on everyone to act logically, respect the agreements they signed and behave reasonably, avoid risking world peace for domestic politics or other reasons,” he said.

an hour ago

Pope Francis, speaking to Palestinians ahead of Mr Trump’s expected announcement, said “recognising the rights of all people” in the Holy Land is a primary condition for dialogue.

The pope, who spoke to Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas about the crisis on Tuesday, made his comments to a group of visiting Palestinians involved in inter-religious dialogue with the Vatican.

“The Holy Land is for us Christians the land par excellence of dialogue between God and mankind,” he said.

He spoke of dialogue between religions “and also in civil society”.

“The primary condition of that dialogue is reciprocal respect and a commitment to strengthening that respect, for the sake of recognising the rights of all people, wherever they happen to be,” he said.

2 hours ago

The Foreign Secretary, Boris Johnson, has said Britain has no plans to move its embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.