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Palestinian envoy: Trump ‘declaring war in the Middle East’

Palestinian envoy: Trump ‘declaring war in the Middle East’
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The Palestinian delegate to the United Kingdom said on Wednesday that President Trump's move to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel signals a declaration of war in the region. 

“He is declaring war in the Middle East, he is declaring war against 1.5 billion Muslims, hundreds of millions of Christians that are not going to accept the holy shrines to be totally under the hegemony of Israel,” Manuel Hassassian told BBC Radio 4's "Today."

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"Here he comes, you know, to start a whole new episode of confusion, anarchy, distortion to the concept of a two-state solution," he added. 

Hassassian's comments come after senior Trump administration officials said late Tuesday that the president will announce on Wednesday that the U.S. recognizes Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. 

Critics say the move is likely to cause violence and unrest in the region. 

While Israel considers Jerusalem to be its capital, the international community officially recognizes Tel Aviv as the capital. 

Palestinians have demanded that part of the city be set aside for their future capital. 

While Trump will announce the U.S. will recognize Jerusalem as the capital, he will stop short of moving the U.S. Embassy from Tel Aviv, and will sign a waiver delaying the relocation of the embassy.

Past administrations have signed waivers every six months to delay the move. 

— This report was updated at 7:44 a.m.