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President Donald Trump is considering recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, officials say, a heavily charged statement that risks inflaming tensions throughout the Middle East.
Time

WASHINGTON – President Trump's son-in-law and chief aide, Jared Kushner, said Sunday that Trump has not yet decided whether to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, a measure that could inflame tensions in the region. [19659007] Kushner & # 39; s appeared on Sunday at the Saban Forum, an annual meeting of American leaders and irsaeli organized by the Brookings Institution. Kushner addressed the peace negotiations in general terms and said that progress had been made.

Kushner did not talk about the investigation of Russian influence in the presidential campaign. Kushner has been interviewed by the special lawyers of Robert Mueller and Michael Flynn, the former national security adviser pleaded guilty last week to lying to the FBI. He diverted the speculations that surrounded him.

"I do not let it bother me," Kushner said.

Kushner also refused to say whether Trump had made a decision on the recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, something that no American president has done before. [19659008] "The president is going to make his decision," Kushner said. "He is still looking at many different facts."

Trump is expected to make his announcement on Wednesday. Previous presidents have insisted that the state of Jerusalem be decided through negotiation between Arabs and Israelis.

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas warned on Sunday that US recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel would jeopardize Middle East peace efforts.

"Any American step related to the recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel or the relocation of the US embbady represents a threat to the future of the peace process and is unacceptable to Palestinians, Arabs and internationals," Abbas told a group of visiting Arab lawmakers from Israel, according to the official news agency Wafa.

The Office of the Prime Minister of Israel, Supreme Court and parliament are located in the holy city. The Palestinians claim that East Jerusalem, taken by Israel in 1967, is their capital.
Despite concerns that recognition will inflame tensions in the region, Kushner insisted that Trump enjoys a good reputation among Arabs and Israelis.

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