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Trump will reportedly recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital within days

The Trump administration will announce that the United States recognizes Jerusalem as Israel's capital within the next few days, CNN reported Friday evening, citing unnamed officials and diplomats with knowledge of the situation. President Trump promised on the campaign trail to move the U.S. Embassy in Israel to Jerusalem from Tel Aviv, a symbolic shift away from longstanding U.S. policy of considering Jerusalem disputed territory in the Israel-Palestine conflict.

The forthcoming announcement is expected to waive a decision on the physical embassy move for an indefinite period, but the White House insists it will still happen. "The president has always said it is a matter of when, not if," an administration representative told The Washington Post. "The president is still considering options and we have nothing to announce."