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    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (R) stands next to Republican US presidential candidate Donald Trump during their meeting in New York, September 25, 2016.

    Israeli Newspaper Claims Trump to Recognize Jerusalem as Jewish State’s Capital

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    An Israeli newspaper is claiming that US President Donald Trump will recognize the entire city of Jerusalem as the capital of the Jewish state during his possible trip to Israel next month. Trump will reportedly also call for the establishment of a Palestinian state.

    Under previous US policy, the city of Jerusalem was not recognized as the capital of Israel, as the nation did not recognize any party as sovereign in any part of Jerusalem.

    “Israel extended sovereignty to East Jerusalem and the Old City and claims the entire city as its capital; the Palestinians seek East Jerusalem as the capital of an independent Palestinian state,” the Times of Israel explained.

    The Yedioth Ahronoth newspaper reported the information about Trump’s upcoming trip on Thursday, adding that he will not be enacting his campaign promise by announcing a move of the embassy from Tel Aviv to the capital. The article did not name its source.

    Trump’s campaign promise to move the embassy drew sharp criticism from the Palestinian people and their supporters.

    In a speech following Trump’s statements, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas warned that "any statement or position that disrupts or changes the status of Jerusalem is a red line which we will not accept."

    The White House has not yet responded to the claims printed in Yedioth Ahronoth, or even confirmed the trip. If Trump goes, a possibility that the administration has said they are “exploring,” he would be the first US president to visit Israel so soon after taking office. President Barack Obama did not visit until his second term.

    When and if the trip happens, it is said that Trump would be accompanied by his daughter Ivanka and his son-in-law-turned-adviser Jared Kushner.

    The Yedioth Ahronoth also reported that 25 US officials were scheduled to arrive in Israel on Thursday to begin preparation for Trump’s trip.

    Trump will be hosting Palestinian Authority President Abbas at the White House next week.

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