Donald Trump prepares to reveal stance on Jerusalem

Mahmoud Abbas has warned of dire consequences if Trump recognises Jerusalem as the Israeli capital

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Mahmoud Abbas has warned of dire consequences if Trump recognises Jerusalem as the Israeli capital

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Mahmoud Abbas has warned of dire consequences if Trump recognises Jerusalem as the Israeli capital

Middle Eastern leaders have urged him not to recognise the city as Israel’s capital

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Monday, December 4, 2017 – 6:33am

Donald Trump has been urged by a number of Middle Eastern leaders not to recognise Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, ahead of a speech later today in which the US president is expected to announce his stance on the issue.

Jordanian foreign minister Ayman Safadi has told US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson that any move by Trump to recognise Jerusalem as the Israeli capital would “trigger great anger in the Arab and Muslim world”, according to the BBC.

Many Arab countries say part of Jerusalem should be the capital of a future Palestinian state.

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has reportedly made a series of phone calls to world leaders to explain the dangers of accepting Israel’s claim to the city.

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