USA officials said Mr Trump would sign the waiver, which is due this week, but that was in order to avoid funding cuts to the State Department that would be triggered by not signing, and the embassy would in fact be moving.
Pope Francis spoke to a group of Palestinians visiting the Vatican on Wednesday, and highlighted dialogue. "The Holy Land is for us Christians the land par excellence of dialogue between God and mankind", he said.
Israel deems Jerusalem its eternal and indivisible capital dating to antiquity, and its status is one of the thorniest barriers to an elusive Israeli-Palestinian peace.
As early as Monday night, the French president expressed his "concern" in a phone call with Donald Trump.
Jerusalem is a final status issue that must be resolved through direct negotiations between the two parties on the basis of the relevant Security Council and General Assembly resolutions, taking into account the legitimate concerns of both the Palestinian and the Israeli sides. France's foreign ministry warns on its website that demonstrations are expected and that its nationals should avoid them.
"He will say that the United States government recognizes that Jerusalem is the capital of Israel", a senior administration official said, speaking on condition of anonymity. "It is in everyone's interest that this does not happen".
The announcement leaves many angry USA allies and leaders across the Middle East trying to find a measured response and hoping that the tinderbox region is not destined for yet another round of bloodshed. "The status of Jerusalem must be determined by Israelis and Palestinians in the framework of negotiations under the auspices of the United Nations", he said.
Iran's foreign ministry in a statement said the USA action will "incite Muslims and inflame a new intifada and encourage extremism and violent behavior for which the responsibility will lie with (the United States) and the Zionist regime (Israel)".
Mr Trump's declaration of Jerusalem as Israel's capital is a powerfully symbolic statement about a city that houses numerous world's holiest sites.
Vice President Mike Pence said in late November that Trump was "actively considering when and how to move the American Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem".
Dan Mahaffee, vice president and director of policy at the Center for the Study of Congress and the Presidency, told Xinhua that Trump's decision reflects a willingness to "shake up the peace process" and the push to make a deal, "despite the offense to Arab nations and the risk of inciting further violence in the region".
And there are major ramifications over who should control the territory. He added that any peace deal with the Palestinians would have to include Jerusalem as Israel's capital and he urged other countries to follow Trump's example.
I understand the deep attachment that Jerusalem holds in the hearts of so many people.
Saudi Arabia's King Salman said that "such a unsafe step is likely to inflame the passions of Muslims around the world due to the great status of Jerusalem and the al-Aqsa mosque", according to a statement by the state-run news agency SPA. It said the king told Trump "that any American announcement regarding the situation of Jerusalem prior to reaching a permanent settlement will harm peace talks and increase tensions in the area".
Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said the U.S. move was a sign of its incompetence and failure, according to his personal website.
The decision would have "dangerous repercussions on the stability and security of the region", Abdullah said, according to a statement released by the palace.
The Syrian government also weighed in on the planned move.
"We believe it is unhelpful in terms of prospects for peace in the region".
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