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Trump poised to declare Jerusalem Israel's 'undivided' capital: report

The exterior of the US Embassy building in the coastal Israeli city of Tel Aviv pictured on January 20, 2017, the day Donald Trump was inaugurated as the 45th president of the United States
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The US embassy would be moved to Jerusalem 'in the future,' WSJ claims

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

Citing American officials, the newspaper reported that the plan was not final, but that if legal and policy considerations were resolved, a formal announcement could be made next week.

Donald Trump promised to move the American embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem during his election campaign, but has not yet done so. The report said only that the embassy would be moved "in the future."

Trump is on Friday supposed to sign the presidential waiver keeping the embassy in Tel Aviv. The Associated Press reported that while he is likely to again sign the document, he may also declare Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

A White House spokesman said that “the president has always said it is a matter of when, not if," and that “the president is still considering options and we have nothing to announce.”

Israel annexed the Arab-majority eastern parts of the city after the Six Day War in 1967, a move never recognized by the bulk of the international community.

Recognizing Jerusalem as "undivided" would likely dash Palestinian hopes of establishing in East Jerusalem the capital of their hoped-for future state, and could upend the White House's current attempts to revive the stalled peace process.

Earlier in the day Jordan's King Abudallah II has warned US leaders against the move, saying it could prompt terrorist attacks and further threaten prospects for peace, the Jordan Times reported.

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The West has given into blackmail. No more @ last.

Jerusalem is the undivided capital of Israel. We need to recognize the real history of this land and not continue this blood feud.

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