Washington DC, Dec 6 (IBNS) : The United States will officially recognise Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, thus becoming the first country in the world to do so since the foundation of the state in 1948, media reports said.
According to reports, US President Donald Trump is likely to make a formal statement in this regard on Wednesday.
Trump is also expected to give his approval for shifting the US Embassy from Tel Aviv to the holy city, reports quoted senior officials in the Trump administration as saying.
The Independent has quoted the officials as saying that recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital will be an acknowledgement of "historical and current reality" rather than a political statement.
BBC says Israel welcomes the changes but the Palestinians and Arab leaders have warned they will jeopardise any Middle East peace process.
Israel considers Jerusalem as its capital city, while the Palestinians claim East Jerusalem as the capital of a future Palestinian state.
According to reports, Trump's declaration could ignite violent protests in the Middle East and undermine the White House’s effort to strike a peace deal between Israel and the Palestinians.
U.S. allies, including France, Jordan and Saudi Arabia have reportedly urged Trump to avoid the extremely sensitive topic.
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