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buy canada goose jacket WASHINGTON President Trump on Wednesday formally recognized Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, reversing nearly seven decades Canada Goose online of American foreign policy and setting in motion a plan to canada goose clearance move the United States Embassy from Tel Aviv to the fiercely contested Holy City.

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The uk canada goose outlet president cast his decision as a break with decades of failed policy on Jerusalem, which the United States, along with virtually every cheap Canada Goose other nation in the canada goose black friday sale world, has declined to recognize as the capital since Israel’s founding in 1948. That policy, he said, brought us “no closer to buy canada goose jacket a lasting peace agreement between Israel and the Palestinians.”

“It canada goose uk black friday would be folly to assume that repeating the exact same formula would now produce a different or better result,” Mr. Trump declared.

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Though he did not mention it, Mr. Trump signed the same national security waiver signed Canada Goose Parka by his predecessors, from Barack Obama to George W. Bush to Bill Clinton, which will allow the administration to keep the embassy in Tel Aviv for an additional six months. White House officials said that was unavoidable because it would take several years to Canada Goose sale move the embassy staff to a new buy canada goose jacket cheap facility in Jerusalem.

Canada Goose sale “There will of course, be disagreement and dissent regarding canada goose uk shop this announcement,” the president said. He appealed for “calm, for moderation, and for the voices of tolerance to prevail over the purveyors of hate.”

canada goose clearance Mr. Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem isolates the United States on one of the world’s most sensitive diplomatic issues. It has drawn a storm of canada goose coats criticism from Arab and European leaders, which swelled on Tuesday night after the White House confirmed Mr. Trump’s plans.

Pope Francis and the Chinese foreign ministry joined the chorus of voices warning that the move could unleash a Canada Goose Coats On Sale wave of violence across the region. At a meeting in Brussels, Secretary of State Rex W. Tillerson was sternly reproached by European allies.

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canadian goose jacket Just hours before Mr. Trump made his announcement, Mr. Tillerson said that peace in the Middle East was still possible.

Canada Goose online Mr. Tillerson, during a news conference at NATO headquarters in the heart of Europe, expressed reassurances about the expected consequences of the decision.

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At least one former Obama administration official also weighed in with sharp criticism. John O. Brennan, the former director of the Central canada goose coats on sale Intelligence Agency, said in a statement that Mr. interests in the Middle East for years to come and will make the region more volatile.”

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Administration officials said they expected the blowback from the Palestinians and others, but they asserted that the move would accelerate, not hinder, the peace process.

Mr. Trump’s promise to move the embassy appealed to evangelical voters and pro Israel American Jews, including Sheldon Adelson, the Las Vegas casino magnate. By delivering on that promise, Mr. Trump’s aides said, he was enhancing his credibility as a peacemaker.

buy canada goose jacket cheap The announcement, officials said, was recognition of current and historic reality. West Jerusalem is the seat of Israel’s government, and recognizing it as such would remove ambiguity from the American Canada Goose Online position, they said.

Canada Goose Parka Jerusalem is one of the world’s most fiercely contested swaths of real estate, with each side disputing the other’s claims. Palestinians view East Jerusalem as the capital of a future Palestinian state, and https://www.uscanadagooseoutletsale.com most of the world canadian goose jacket considers it occupied territory. Jerusalem’s Old City has the third holiest mosque uk canada goose in Islam and the holiest site in Judaism, making the city’s status a sensitive issue for Muslims and Jews alike. Jerusalem is also sacred ground to Christians.

In addition to declining to take a position on the ultimate shape of Jerusalem, Mr. Trump called for the status quo on jackets a disputed area of the Old City, known as the Temple Mount to Jews and the Noble Sanctuary to Muslims, which Canada Goose Outlet has been a flash point for tensions.

Mr. Kushner canada goose clearance sale and Jason D. Greenblatt, the president’s special envoy, have been working for months to prepare for a negotiation between Israelis and Palestinians. Though they have little to show for the effort publicly, they say they have made progress behind the scenes.

canada goose coats on sale Those efforts, Middle East experts said, would be jeopardized by Wednesday’s announcement. But Mr. Kushner and Mr. Greenblatt, the president’s special envoy, supported the president’s move, officials said.

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