Published: Thu, December 28, 2017
Worldwide | By Sean Reid

Dominos: More Countries Pledge Embassy Moves to Jerusalem

Dominos: More Countries Pledge Embassy Moves to Jerusalem

Trump's announcement acknowledging Jerusalem as Israel's capital - and his pledge to move America's embassy there - enraged Palestinians and much of the Muslim world.

"The Western Wall is the holiest place for the Jewish people, and I chose to name the train station that leads to it after President Trump - following his historic and fearless decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of the State of Israel", Katz said. While no hints of what that peace offer may entail have been released, Capitol Hill observers have suggested that Kushner would reveal the contents of a new deal in early 2018.

The United States and Israel mustered seven other countries to their side to vote no to the UN resolution.

But it would run close to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, where tradition holds that Jesus was crucified and buried, and a contested holy site known to Jews as the Temple Mount and to Muslims as the Noble Sanctuary.

Israel has been building a rail line between Tel Aviv and Jerusalem since 2001, and Katz has recently approved excavations for the planned section of that line that will go underground in Jerusalem.

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Hotovely's statement comes a day after Guatemala said it would move its embassy to the city.

Meanwhile, Turkish President Recep Erdogan has vowed to move his country's embassy to East Jerusalem in support of the Palestinians, but he'll have to get permission from the Israeli government first.

Pope Francis used his Christmas message on Monday to call for a negotiated two-state solution to end the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, after Trump stoked regional tensions with his recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital. Explaining that the Guatemalans would not make the move before the US did, Israel's ambassador to Guatemala said on Tuesday that it could take years, while US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson previously called three years "ambitious". One will be in an area of the Old City referred to as the Jewish Quarter.

Israel occupied the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, during the 1967 Arab-Israeli War.

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