[Ed. – There’s not a lot of point in starting a babble-fest before Trump gives his official address tomorrow (Wednesday). Until then, the exact sequence of events in this move will be speculation on everyone’s part. People who purport to be in the know say that Trump will announce recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, but that the embassy move will not ensue immediately. However, no one but Trump knows for sure. It does appear he is preparing the ground work for the actual move.]
President Donald Trump told Arab leaders in phone calls on Tuesday that he intends to move the U.S. Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, Arab officials said, a move that could upend the U.S. leader’s plans to launch an Israeli-Palestinian peace plan and risks sparking violence across the Middle East.
Mr. Trump is expected to delay the embassy move. But he will make a speech on Wednesday announcing the relocation and is also expected to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, U.S. officials said. State Department officials have warned embassies around the world to brace for potential protests.
Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas and Jordan’s King Abdullah II received phone calls from Mr. Trump on Tuesday outlining his intention to move the embassy, according to statements from both their offices. The U.S. leader also informed Egyptian President Abdel Fattah Al Sisi, a spokesman for the Arab leader said.