President Donald Trump is getting ready to do something big and risky in the Middle East – something no other president has dared to do.
So big, and so risky, that it could either spark a new Palestinian uprising, or lead to the long coveted but elusive peace pact that every president since Jimmy Carter has tried to broker.
According to published reports, Trump is planning to announce Wednesday the U.S. recognition of Jerusalem as the eternal capital of Israel and move the American Embassy there from Tel Aviv within six months.
He reportedly has the backing of Saudi Arabia, home base of Islam’s prophet and most holy mosque, to make this move. That in itself, gives pause to some Christian leaders who would otherwise be jubilant about finally recognizing Israel’s right to Jerusalem.
Trump on Tuesday told Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and Jordan’s King Abdullah that he plans to move the U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem. Trump also reportedly called Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah al-Sissi and Saudi King Salman to inform them of his decision.