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Donald Trump ‘to announce US embassy move from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem'

Relocating US diplomatic HQ to Jerusalem would represent a major break with policy

The US embassy in Israel is to move from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem

Relocating the US embassy to Jerusalem represents a major break with US policy.

Donald Trump has said repeatedly that he intends to relocate the US embassy to Jerusalem, despite warnings the move would violate international law and destroy the peace process. 

Earlier in January, US officials and Israeli Foreign Ministry sources said the incoming US ambassador to Israel could be based in Jerusalem, while the official embassy building remains in Tel Aviv.

Relocating the embassy to Jerusalem would be seen as a provocative move by Mr Trump's critics as the city is claimed by both the Israelis and Palestinians as their capital.

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Israel annexed east Jerusalem in the 1967 Six Day War. The move has not been recognised by the international community.

Mr Trump has also appointed a new US ambassador to Israel, David Friedman, who is considered a supporter of settlements.

Meanwhile, Israel has approved building permits for hundreds of homes in three East Jerusalem settlements.

Israel expects Mr Trump to end the US government’s criticism of building projects on disputed land.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is expected to speak with Mr Trump by telephone on Sunday.

"We strongly condemn the Israeli decision to approve the construction," Nabil Abu Rdainah, spokesman for Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, told Reuters.

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