President Trump reportedly told regional leaders on Tuesday that he intends to finally make good on campaign promises to relocate the U.S. embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, a controversial move presidents have historically avoided.
“Mr. Trump! Jerusalem is a red line for Muslims,” Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan warned in a televised speech on Tuesday. The president has shown little interest in actually appeasing the demands of Palestinians, something his repeated threats to move the U.S. embassy have driven home.
East Jerusalem is often floated as the capital of a future Palestinian state, but the area has been under Israeli occupation since 1967. Hardline Israeli conservatives – including Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, a Trump ally – maintain that Jerusalem is Israeli territory.
Trump’s decision may go over well with the Israeli government but Palestinian leaders have already rejected the proposal.