The United States ordered its official staff on Tuesday to avoid visiting the Old City of Jerusalem and the West Bank after calls for demonstrations amid growing speculation about a forthcoming decision by US President Donald Trump on the transfer of Washington's embassy in Israel to Jerusalem.
According to US State Department directives, "with the widespread calls for demonstrations in Jerusalem and the West Bank on December 6, US government officials and their family members are not allowed until further notice to travel personally to the Old City of Jerusalem and the West Bank."
"The official travel of US government officials in the Old City of Jerusalem and the West Bank is allowed only for necessity and additional security measures," she said.
Trump should decide this week whether to sign an order to keep the embassy in Tel Aviv or fulfill a promise he made during his election campaign to Jerusalem, which would be a de facto recognition of Israel's right to the disputed city.
US officials have said he will not take the embassy directly but may issue a statement confirming his intention to do so, and go further to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. Finished