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trump, shaking off warnings, was determined to keep promise to move embassy to jerusalem

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trump, shaking off warnings, was determined to keep promise to move embassy to jerusalem

during a visit to his mar-a-lago resort in march, president donald trump approached legal scholar alan dershowitz to talk about the middle east.while trump questioned dershowitz, a confidant of israeli prime minister benjamin netanyahu, about the region, the president seemed certain about one thing: where he stood on the u.s. embassy in israel."what he said to me was, 'i'm going to do it. every other president has promised, and all of them didn't keep their promises,' " dershowitz said, referring to a controversial proposal to move the embassy from tel aviv to jerusalem. "he said there would be criticism of him, but that he wanted to keep his promise."in the weeks leading up to his announcement wednesday recognizing jerusalem as the capital of israel, reversing decades of u.s. policy, trump heard entreaties for and against the proposed move from a host of advisers inside and outside the white house.the decision to shake off warnings from senior officials such as secretary of state rex tillerson and align himself instead with prominent proponents of the move, including vice president mike pence and major donor sheldon adelson, underscored the president's determination to break with past policy and keep a key campaign pledge - despite the potential risks to u.s. interests in the region and the goal of middle east peace.matthew lee and bradley klapper president donald trump shattered decades of unwavering u.s. neutrality on jerusalem wednesday, declaring the sore...