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FOREIGN POLICY/ISRAEL/PALESTINE/POPE FRANCIS/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “Pope Francis called Wednesday [12-6-17] for the preservation of Jerusalem’s ‘identity’ in the wake of President Donald Trump’s expected move to declare the city the capital of Israel…
Also on Wednesday, the leaders of Christian communities in Jerusalem told Trump in an open letter that recognizing the city as Israel’s capital will ‘yield increased hatred, conflict, violence and suffering in Jerusalem and the Holy Land, moving us farther from the goal of unity and deeper toward destructive division.’…
Trump’s announcement that he will recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and begin to relocate the US embassy there from Tel Aviv is sparking debate over what the President personally, and the United States, will gain given that the decision marks a sharp foreign policy turn and comes with such high risks.”

-Katishi Maake, “Pope Francis prays for the preservation of Jerusalem,” CNN Politics, CNN.com, Dec. 6, 2017 11:42am

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