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US asks Israel to ‘restrain’ its response to Jerusalem status.

The US has asked Israel to “restrain” its response to President Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as its capital because Washington fears a backlash that could threaten its diplomats, according to a report. “While I recognize that you will publicly welcome this news, I ask that you restrain your official response,” said a State Department document...
Time: 13:59     Date: 07.12.2017
Last US News: US asks Israel to ‘restrain’ its response to Jerusalem status. NY Post 24 - US News

“While I recognize that you will publicly welcome this news, I ask that you restrain your official response,” said a State Department document containing talking points for US diplomats in Israel to use with the country’s leaders.

“We expect there to be resistance to this news in the Middle East and around the world. We are still judging the impact this decision will have on US facilities and personnel overseas,” said the document dated Dec. 6, which was seen by Reuters.

Another State Department document seen by the news service, also dated Dec. 6, said the agency had formed an internal task force “to track worldwide developments” after Trump’s decision.

A US official who spoke on condition of anonymity told Reuters it was standard procedure to form a task force “any time there is a concern about the safety and security of US government personnel or US citizens.”

The State Department did not comment about the two documents.

The first document provided talking points for officials at the US Consulate General in Jerusalem, the American embassies in London, Paris, Berlin and Rome, and the US mission to the European Union in Brussels.

The missive asked European officials to assert that Trump’s decision did not prejudge so-called “final status” issues that Israel and the Palestinians need to work out in any peace agreement.

“You know that this is a unique Administration. It makes bold moves. But it is bold moves that are going to be needed if peace efforts are finally going to be successful,” it added.

The status of Jerusalem — which is home to holy sites for Muslims, Jews and Christians — is one of the biggest obstacles to forging an Israeli-Palestinian peace agreement.

Israel considers Jerusalem its eternal and indivisible capital, and wants all embassies based there. Trump said he will move the American Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem once a location is secured.

Palestinians want the capital of an independent state of their own to be in the city’s eastern sector, which Israel captured in the 1967 Six-Day War and annexed in a move that was never recognized internationally.

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