WASHINGTON — The Trump administration is considering moving the U.S. embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem ahead of a legislative deadline this week, a move that would carry serious national security implications and block any genuine revival of an Arab-Israeli peace plan.
Greenlighting such a plan would signal U.S. recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, infuriating Palestinians who claim the eastern sector of the city, captured by Israel in 1967, as their capital. Vice President Mike Pence confirmed in a speech this week that the administration is studying the issue.
The discussions come as Trump’s son-in-law and top adviser, Jared Kushner, and Middle East envoy Jason Greenblatt shuttle back and forth to the region looking to do what no other world leaders have been able to do — achieve lasting peace between the Israelis and Palestinians.
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