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US set to break with tradition and open embassy in Jerusalem

2018-05-14 10:07:31       source:CNN

May 13, 2018

CNN -- The Trump Administration is set to move the US embassy in Israel to Jerusalem Monday, formally breaking from decades of established American policy and international practice in a move that US officials say will create greater regional stability.

Critics say the decision to recognize Jerusalem as the Israeli capital could make a region already struggling with four ongoing conflicts all the more combustible. And they argue it marks the end of the US role as an "honest broker" in Israeli-Palestinian negotiations.

"In the long run, we're convinced that this decision creates an opportunity and a platform to proceed with a peace process on the basis of realities rather than fantasies," David Friedman, the US Ambassador to Israel, told reporters Friday. "We're fairly optimistic that this decision will ultimately create greater stability rather than less." 

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