World Reacts to Trump's Jerusalem Plan

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U.S. President Donald Trump on Wednesday recognized Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and announced he would begin moving the U.S. embassy there.

Recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s capital is fraught with religious and political implications because the eastern sector of the city — home to some of the holiest ancient sites in Judaism, Christianity and Islam — is also claimed by Palestinians as the capital of a future state.

Unlike Israel, whose government considers the entire city as its capital, most of the international community regards the status of Jerusalem as a matter for negotiation.

In a sign that the announcement could be more symbolic than substantive, the White House warned that any actual move would take years and that the specific boundaries of Israeli sovereignty over Jerusalem are still subject to peace talks that have bedeviled U.S. presidents for decades.

U.S. President Donald Trump holds up a proclamation next to Vice President Mike Pence, left, after making a statement on Jerusalem in White House in Washington, D.C., on Dec. 6, 2017.

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A giant U.S. flag is screened alongside Israel's national flag on the walls of the old city in Jerusalem.

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Palestinian demonstrators burn representations of Israeli and American flags during a protest in Gaza City, on Dec. 6.

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 Palestinian men protest in Gaza City against the U.S. intention to move its embassy to Jerusalem and to recognize the city of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel,  on Dec. 6.

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 An ultra-Orthodox Jewish man walks in Jerusalem, next to a poster blessing President Trump, on Dec. 6.

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 An American flag flies above the U.S. Consulate in Jerusalem on Dec. 6.

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 A man stands with his donkey, framed by  Jerusalem's Old City.

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Pope Francis, seen during a general audience at the Vatican on Dec. 6, is one of many world leaders that have denounced Trump’s plan to declare Jerusalem Israel’s capital and move the U.S. Embassy there.

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Iran's Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, attends a meeting with Iranian officials on Dec. 6.

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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu delivers a speech on Dec. 6.

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 Palestinian women protest in Gaza City on Dec. 6.

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A Palestinian man walks past Israeli border guards in Jerusalem's Old City on Dec. 6.

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