Donald Trump promises to change America's stance on Jerusalem

Posted: 6:19 PM, Sep 25, 2016
Updated: 2016-09-25 18:20:47-04

For almost 70 years, the United States hasn't recognized Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. But on Sunday, Donald Trump promised to change that.

In a meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu,  Trump promised  to recognize Jerusalem as "the undivided capital of the State of Israel."

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"Undivided" is the key word there. Both Israel and Palestine claim Jerusalem. Israel's government is headquartered in the  western part  of the city, and Palestine sees the eastern part as its future capital.

Recognizing Jerusalem is a regular promise on the campaign trail. Former President George W. Bush made  the promise  while campaigning, but he changed his mind in office, citing national  security concerns

A former State Department official under Bush  told CNN  the issue was "too politically provocative for American interests in the Muslim world."

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Those interests include multiple  American allies  in the Middle East. But Trump hasn't been shy about wanting to  shake up  American foreign policy. 

The U.S. doesn't recognize any state as having control over Jerusalem. The city is considered holy by Jews, Christians and Muslims. 

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