President Donald Trump recognizes Jerusalem as capital of Israel

Trump says he's committed to Mideast peace; : US embassies are issuing warnings for Americans

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President Donald Trump gestures as he walks towards Air Force One at John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York, Saturday, Dec. 2, 2017. Trump spent the day in New York attending a trio of fundraisers. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Latest on President Donald Trump’s decision on recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s capital (all times local):

3:05 p.m.

U.S. embassies in the Middle East and Europe are warning Americans traveling or living there of the potential for violent protests after President Donald Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

Within minutes of Trump’s announcement, the embassies in Turkey, Jordan, Germany and Britain issued security alerts urging Americans to exercise vigilance and caution. Other embassies are expected to follow suit.

The U.S. Embassy in Ankara says it expects protests to take place near its location as well as the consulates in Istanbul and Adana.

The U.S. Embassy in Amman, Jordan, says it would close to the public on Thursday and has banned employees from leaving the capital. The children of embassy employees have been told to stay home from school and all Americans there are advised to keep a low profile.

U.S. Embassies in Berlin, London and Minsk, Belarus issued identical warnings.

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3 p.m.

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson says President Donald Trump made a “bold move” by implementing a U.S. law that has long called for the American Embassy in Israel to move to Jerusalem.

Tillerson is in Germany for a brief stop and made the comment as he met with U.S. military commanders. Earlier in the day, Trump said he was recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.

Tillerson says planning for a Jerusalem embassy will start immediately – and that includes picking a site. But he says building the embassy will take time.

There’s opposition in the Arab world to Trump’s decision, and Tillerson says the State Department has taken necessary precautions to ensure the safety of U.S. personnel in the region.

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2:35 p.m.

Egypt has denounced President Donald Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of the Jewish state.

Egypt was the first Arab nation to sign a peace treaty with Israel – that came in 1979.

A Foreign Ministry statement says Trump’s decision is a violation of international resolutions on the city’s status.

The statement says Egypt is worried about the impact of the U.S. move on the stability of the region and about its “extremely negative” impact on the Israeli-Palestinian peace process.

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2:30 p.m.

The Palestinian leader says President Donald Trump has destroyed his credibility as a Mideast peace broker after recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.

Mahmoud Abbas (mahk-MOOD’ ah-BAHS’) says in a televised statement that Trump’s decision “is a declaration of withdrawal from the role it has played in the peace process.”

Trump’s Mideast peace team has held months of meetings with Israeli, Palestinian and Arab leaders for nearly a year ahead of an expected peace proposal.

By recognizing Israel’s claim to Jerusalem, Trump is seen by the Palestinians as siding with Israel on the most sensitive issue in the conflict. The Palestinians seek east Jerusalem – which Israel captured in 1967 – for their capital.

Abbas says the Palestinian leadership will meet in the coming days and consult with Arab leaders to formulate a response.

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2:15 p.m.

France’s leader says President Donald Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital is “a regrettable decision that France does not approve.”

Emmanuel Macron says Trump’s decision “contravenes international law and U.N. Security Council resolutions.”

Macron also says the status of Jerusalem “will have to be determined by Israelis and Palestinians in negotiations under the auspices of the United Nations.”

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2:10 p.m.

An adviser to Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas says President Donald Trump’s announcement on Jerusalem has “isolated the U.S. from any role in the peace process.”

Nabil Shaath says Trump’s speech “gave Israel what it wants and gave us nothing.”

The Palestinians claim east Jerusalem as their capital. It was captured by Israel in 1967.

Trump has recognized Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, while paying little recognition to the Palestinian claim to the eastern part of the city.

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2 p.m.

Hundreds of people in Turkey are staging demonstrations near U.S. diplomatic missions in Ankara and Istanbul.

The demonstrations came after President Donald Trump announced that the United States now recognizes Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.

And Turkey’s foreign minister has condemned what he says is an “irresponsible” decision by Trump.

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1:50 p.m.

The head of the Islamic militant group Hamas is accusing President Donald Trump of disregarding Palestinian feelings with his recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.

Ismail Haniyeh says in a statement that the Palestinian people “know how to respond properly to the disregard of their feelings and sanctuaries.”

He says the decision “will not change the facts of history and geography.”

Hamas, which controls the Gaza Strip, is considered a terrorist group by Israel, the U.S. and other Western allies.

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1:45 p.m.

U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres (goo-TEHR’-esh) is speaking out against what he says are “unilateral measures” that jeopardize the prospect for peace for Israelis and Palestinians.

He’s speaking after President Donald Trump’s announcement that the United States now recognizes Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

But the U.N. leader says the issue of Jerusalem must be resolved through direct negotiations between Israelis and Palestinians.

Guterres tells reporters that “in this moment of great anxiety, I want to make it clear: there is no alternative to the two-state solution. There is no Plan B.”

The U.N. chief never mentioned Trump’s decision in his remarks.

Guterres says he’ll do “everything in my power” to promote the return to negotiations by Israeli and Palestinian leaders “and to realize this vision of a lasting peace for both people.”

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1:35 p.m.

Israel’s prime minister calls it a “historic day” – following President Donald Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.

Benjamin Netanyahu (neh-ten-YAH’-hoo) says in a statement that Israel is “profoundly grateful” and that Trump’s announcement is an “important step toward peace.”

The Israeli leader says his country “will continue to work with the president and his team to make that dream of peace come true.’

Trump is pledging to move the U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem from Tel Aviv, and Netanyahu is urging other countries to follow suit.

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1:30 p.m.

President Donald Trump says he’s directing the State Department to begin preparations to move the U.S. Embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

Trump says the move would allow the department to begin hiring architects and making other plans. Trump says the move is “a recognition of reality.”

The move breaks with decades of U.S. foreign policy. And the president is defying warnings from global leaders that it would it more difficult to achieve a peace deal between Israelis and Palestinians.

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1:25 p.m.

President Donald Trump is trying to make the case that his decision about recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s capital is “long overdue” and will advance the Mideast peace process.

Trump says he intends to do “everything” in his power “to help forge” a peace deal.

Trump is also acknowledging that “there will of course be disagree and dissident” over the moves, including relocating the American Embassy from Tel Aviv.

But he’s calling for calm in response to his announcement.

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1:20 p.m.

President Donald Trump has announced that the United States now recognizes Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. It’s a move that upends decades of U.S. policy.

He says in a White House speech that he’s “determined that it is time to officially recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. Trump says he’s deemed this change to be in America’s interests.

The president says the decision “marks the beginning of a new approach to conflict between Israel and the Palestinians.”

World leaders have warned that the move could inflame tensions in the volatile Mideast.

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1:10 p.m.

The Jerusalem municipality has illuminated the walls of the Old City red, white and blue to show thanks to President Trump’s recognition of it as Israel’s capital.

Mayor Nir Barkat says the main entrance to the city will also be lit in America’s colors and American flags will be flown across major streets of the city on Thursday.

Barkat says Trump’s announcement “sends a clear message to the entire world” that the United States stands with Israel and the Jewish people.

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