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Global concern mounts on Trump’s Jerusalem plan

REALITY CHECK:While the US president views recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital as a ‘historic’ and ‘modern’ reality, Western and Arab leaders warn of conflict

AFP, JERUSALEM

Most of the international community does not formally recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, saying the issue can only be resolved in final status negotiations.

US officials talk of “threading the needle” — fulfilling Trump’s campaign pledge, while keeping the peace process on the rails.

The White House says that such a move would not prejudge final talks and would represent the reality that west Jerusalem is and will continue to be part of Israel under any settlement.

“President Trump remains committed to achieving a lasting peace agreement between the Israelis and the Palestinians, and is optimistic that peace can be achieved,” a second US official said.

Trump “is prepared to support a two-state solution... if agreed to by the two parties,” the official said.

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