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The Latest: Turkey warns trump against recognizing Jerusalem

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"The president will sign a waiver in order to avoid fairly significant cuts for the State Department funding that the law requires as a consequence", one of the officials said.

The EU's foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini, speaking alongside Secretary of State Rex Tillerson during a visit to Brussels, said that "any action that would undermine" peace efforts to create two separate states for the Israelis and the Palestinians "must absolutely be avoided". Because inevitably, there will be a response and we can almost guarantee that protests against this move will be put down in the most violent terms and, tragically, that people will die.

Official statements from the Palestinian Authority and Jordan confirmed that Mr Abbas and King Abdullah were told of Mr Trump's intention to move the embassy, while the Saudi reports did not say so explicitly.

Trump is expected to formally acknowledge Jerusalem as Israel's capital on Wednesday, despite warnings from political leaders in Arab and Muslim-majority countries, who have said that doing so could prompt upheaval in the region.

Trump promised during his campaign that he would move the embassy to Jerusalem, but in June he signed the waiver to delay the relocation.

Katz called the day historic and said he welcomed Trump's apparent decisions. The statement also issued restrictions on U.S. government employees' personal and official travel for certain areas of Israel.

As international pressure has mounted, officials have said Trump could try to limit the impact of anything he says on Jerusalem.

The planned announcement does not change U.S. policy on specific borders, dimensions and other issues that are subject to final status negotiations, the official added.

Several peace plans have unravelled in the past decades over the issue of how to divide sovereignty or oversee sites in Jerusalem, with questions over the status of the city repeatedly sparking anger on both sides of the conflict. It is far too common in the Arab world today to look at the revolutionary uprisings in 2011 in a negative light, due to the upheaval and the unexpected progressions they took.

Trump is not the first U.S. president to pledge moving the U.S. embassy in Israel to Jerusalem.

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Trump's Wednesday speech will reportedly balance the shift towards Israel with a renewed promise to pursue Arab and Palestinian interests in achieving peace and statehood for Palestine.

"Seventy years after the United Nations voted to recognise Israel's independence, that its capital city should be recognised is more than timely".

The mere hint of his decision to move the embassy in the future set off alarm bells around the Middle East, raising the prospect of violence.

Jerusalem's Old City includes the holiest ground in Judaism. Advocates of the Israeli position that it is "the undivided eternal capital of Israel" are precisely that - backers of the Israeli position, which is the position of the occupying power.

Abbas' aide Majdi Khaldi said on Tuesday the U.S. would lose credibility as a Mideast mediator if Trump goes ahead with the move.

The kingdom, a regional powerhouse that could help the White House push through a Middle East settlement, expressed its "grave and deep concern" about such a possible recognition.

The Latest: Turkey warns trump against recognizing Jerusalem