Two Washington sources have reportedly stated that US President Donald Trump is expected to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital on Wednesday of next week. However, the White House has refused to confirm the report.
Trump and the American embassy in Tel Aviv Photo Credit: Krokodyl, Sky News/Channel 2 News
US President Donald Trump is expected to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital on Wednesday, according to reports by Reuters and Axios Media. The reports cite two Washington sources with knowledge of the matter.
However, a White House spokesman refused to confirm the report. “The President has always said it is a matter of when, not if,” he explained. “The President is still considering options and we have nothing to announce.”
This week, it was reported that Israeli officials believe that there is a high probability that Trump will declare Jerusalem Israel’s capital over the next few days. According to the officials, such an announcement would mean that he has instructed his administration to move the US embassy to Jerusalem.
It is estimated that Trump does not want to sign the waiver postponing the embassy transfer, which has been signed by his predecessors every six months since 1998. In addition, Trump is apparently under pressure from his evangelical voters, who want him to uphold his campaign promise.