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White House lays out plan to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital

Israeli border patrol police stand by the Dome of the Rock in Jerusalem's Old City. Photo: Mahmoud Illean / AP

President Trump's decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and move the U.S. embassy from Tel Aviv to the city "affirm[s] a historic and current reality," senior administration officials said in a call with reporters Tuesday night. The president will announce both moves in a speech Wednesday.

The big picture: Axios first reported Trump's intent on Dec. 1. Since then, Middle Eastern and European leaders have voiced concerns that the move would interfere with peace talks in the Middle East. Administration officials said the president "understands the Palestinians' aspirations" and supports a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict if that's what both parties desire.

Go deeper with analysis from Axios contributor Barak Ravid.