President Trump recognizes Jerusalem as capital of Israel

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Latest on President Donald Trump's decision on recognizing Jerusalem as Israel's capital (all times local):

1:35 p.m.

Israel's prime minister calls it a "historic day" - following President Donald Trump's recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital.

Benjamin Netanyahu (neh-ten-YAH'-hoo) says in a statement that Israel is "profoundly grateful" and that Trump's announcement is an "important step toward peace."

The Israeli leader says his country "will continue to work with the president and his team to make that dream of peace come true.'

Trump is pledging to move the U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem from Tel Aviv, and Netanyahu is urging other countries to follow suit.

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1:30 p.m.

President Donald Trump says he's directing the State Department to begin preparations to move the U.S. Embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

Trump says the move would allow the department to begin hiring architects and making other plans. Trump says the move is "a recognition of reality."

The move breaks with decades of U.S. foreign policy. And the president is defying warnings from global leaders that it would it more difficult to achieve a peace deal between Israelis and Palestinians.

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1:20 p.m.

President Donald Trump has announced that the United States now recognizes Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. It's a move that upends decades of U.S. policy.

He says in a White House speech that he's "determined that it is time to officially recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. Trump says he's deemed this change to be in America's interests.

The president says the decision "marks the beginning of a new approach to conflict between Israel and the Palestinians."

World leaders have warned that the move could inflame tensions in the volatile Mideast.

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1:10 p.m.

The Jerusalem municipality has illuminated the walls of the Old City red, white and blue to show thanks to President Trump's recognition of it as Israel's capital.

Mayor Nir Barkat says the main entrance to the city will also be lit in America's colors and American flags will be flown across major streets of the city on Thursday.

Barkat says Trump's announcement "sends a clear message to the entire world" that the United States stands with Israel and the Jewish people.

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1:05 p.m.

The White House has released early excerpts of President Donald Trump's speech on plans to recognize Jerusalem as the Israeli capital, and he's saying the U.S. remains "deeply committed" to achieving Mideast peace.

Trump is saying he intends "to do everything" in his power to help forge a peace deal between Israelis and Palestinians.

As part of his announcement, he plans to instruct the State Department to begin the long process of moving the U.S. Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

And Trump's acknowledging opposition to his plans.

He says: "There will of course be disagreement and dissent regarding this announcement. But we are confident that ultimately, as we work through these disagreements, we will arrive at a place of greater understanding and cooperation."

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12:10 p.m.

President Donald Trump is previewing his announcement on Israel - saying at the White House that "it's long overdue."

The president isn't offering details of the decision during a Cabinet meeting. But he's expected to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital and instruct the State Department to begin the long process of moving the U.S. Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

Trump says "many presidents have said they want to do something and they didn't do it." He says he'll be making the announcement later in the day.

Mideast leaders say Trump's expected decision could lead to violent protests and complicate Mideast peace efforts.


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