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Palestinians to US: Don't Recognize Jerusalem as Israeli Capital

FILE - Ultra-Orthodox Jews pass by a billboard welcoming President Donald Trump ahead of his visit, in Jerusalem, May 19, 2017.

The Palestinians are warning the United States against recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

Mahmoud Habash, an adviser to Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, said Saturday that if President Donald Trump were to do so, it would amount to a "complete destruction of the peace process.''

Speaking in Abbas' presence, Habash said "the world will pay the price'' for any change in Jerusalem's status.

Officials in Washington say Trump is considering recognizing Jerusalem as Israel's capital as a way to offset his likely decision to delay his campaign promise to move the U.S. Embassy there.

Israel regards Jerusalem as its capital, a position nearly the entire world rejects, saying its status should be determined in peace talks with the Palestinians. The Palestinians claim the eastern part of the city as their future capital.