However, US leaders have routinely and unceremoniously delayed such a move since President Bill Clinton signed a law in 1995 stipulating that the United States must relocate its diplomatic presence to Jerusalem unless the commander in chief issues a waiver on national security grounds.

Trump is likely to do the same, US officials said, though less quietly.

America's consulate in Jerusalem ordered US personnel and their families to avoid visiting Jerusalem's Old City or the West Bank, and urged American citizens in general to avoid places with increased police or military presence.

Further warnings from world leaders came on Wednesday, incuding from Pope Francis, British foreign minister Boris Johnson and China.'I cannot silence my deep concern over the situation that has emerged in recent days.

Any perceived harm to Muslim claims to the city has triggered volatile protests in the past, both in the Holy Land and across the Muslim world.

Within the Trump administration, officials on Tuesday were still debating the particulars of the president's expected speech as they fielded a flood of warnings from allied governments.

“The process is what it is — it’s out of my control” Edu said.alestinian children hold Palestine flags and pictures of Jerusalem during a protest in Gaza city after President Donald Trump said the US will recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital Protest over Jerusalem recognised as Israel's capital Today, the Palestinian prime minister said Trump's recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital is bound to 'destroy the peace process and the two-state solution.'Rami Hamdallah, who met with European diplomats on Wednesday to discuss a two-state solution said that the expected U. shift on Jerusalem 'will fuel conflict and increase violence in the entire region.' Several other senior Palestinian officials have also said Trumps announcement this evening will revert any progress towards peace between the two countries.'There is no way that there can be talks with the Americans. They have already pre-empted the outcome,' said Palestinian official Hanan Ashrawi.'They cannot take us for granted.'The mere consideration of Trump changing the status quo sparked a renewed US security warning on Tuesday.The Dome of the Rock and the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound are seen above on Tuesday The concerns are real: Trump's recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital could be viewed as America discarding its longstanding neutrality and siding with Israel at a time that the president's son-in-law, Jared Kushner, has been trying to midwife a new peace process into existence.Trump, too, has spoken of his desire for a 'deal of the century' that would end Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

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