The president called it "a long overdue step to advance the peace process," despite protests from Muslim leaders.
But other religious leaders, including Pope Francis and Christians living in Israel, expressed dire concerns that the move would incite unrest in the volatile region.
With President Trump poised to do what no other president has been willing to do — move the U.S. Embassy in Israel to Jerusalem — leaders and analysts in the region warned Tuesday that it could spur insecurity and instability in a part of the world already beset by both.
Fresh anger poured in from across the Muslim world Wednesday as President Trump said the United States recognizes Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, a move that Arab and European leaders have warned could spark violence and destroy any hopes of reviving the Mideast peace process.
Top Palestinian officials condemned US President Donald Trump's recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital, saying the decision would bolster extremists' calls for holy wars and delegitimize the United States as an arbiter in the peace process.
Turkey has joined a growing chorus of key US allies in warning President Donald Trump about the perils of recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, describing it as a "fatal mistake" that would spark fresh conflict in the Middle East.
President Donald Trump will recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital on Wednesday and announce plans to relocate the US embassy there, a move that is expected to inflame tensions in the region and unsettle the prospects for peace.
Since 1995, each U.S. president has signed a waiver every six months to delay moving the embassy, often breaking his campaign promises.
The US move has sparked fears of regional unrest.
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