President Trump’s expected decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital city has provoked alarm from U.S. allies and enemies alike, according to NBC News.
NBC News on Wednesday that Trump’s expected move has some players on the world stage suggesting it could potentially spark violence.
“[It’s] madness,” Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Bekir Bozdag said Wednesday. “[It] would plunge the region and the world into a fire with no end in sight.”
Pope Francis on Wednesday said he feels “profound concern” about the anticipated change in status for Jerusalem.
“[I pray] wisdom and caution will prevail so as to avoid adding new elements of tension in a world … already convoluted and marred by many cruel conflicts,” he said.
“[Jerusalem is] a unique city, sacred for Jews, Christians and Muslims,” Francis continued in unscripted remarks after his weekly general audience at the Vatican.
Francis additionally urged that “everyone respect the city’s status quo in respect to the pertinent resolutions by the United Nations [U.N.].”
Germany on Wednesday published a warning about protests to its citizens traveling in the region, noting “violent clashes cannot be ruled out.”
German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel on Wednesday described Trump’s foreign policy plan as “counterproductive.”
Senior administration officials on Tuesday said that Trump will announce that the U.S. sees Jerusalem as the capital city of Israel the next day.
Trump will also sign a waiver delaying the relocation of the U.S. embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem for the next six months.
The president will direct the State Department, however, to begin the process of moving the U.S. embassy to Jerusalem in an effort to fulfil a promise from his 2016 election campaign.
Administration officials said that the change was not immediately feasible as there is not yet enough room for the roughly 1,000 embassy personnel in Jerusalem.
Trump will continue to sign the waiver until the change is possible, they added, a process that may take no less than three to four years.
World leaders are closely monitoring Trump’s expected decision, with many fearing it will hinder peace negotiations between the Israelis and the Palestinians.
Trump’s decision to unilaterally view Jerusalem as Israel’s capital city reverses decades of U.S. policy and risks instigating unrest in the Middle East.