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Trump asks Israel to restrain response to al-Quds move: Document

American President Donald Trump has called on Zionist regime to restrain its response to his announcement of the US recognizing al-Quds as the Tel Aviv regime’s capital, fearing backlash from the international community, according to a State Department document.

“While I recognize that you will publicly welcome this news, I ask that you restrain your official response,” the document dated December 6 said in an advisory note for diplomats at the US Embassy in Tel Aviv to convey to the Israeli regime, according to Reuters.

“We expect there to be resistance to this news in the Middle East and around the world. We are still judging the impact this decision will have on US facilities and personnel overseas,” the document said.

In a speech at the White House on Wednesday, Trump officially declared al-Quds as Israel’s capital, saying his administration would also begin a process of moving the American embassy in Tel Aviv to the holy city, which is expected to take years.

“I have determined that it is time to officially recognize Jerusalem (al-Quds) as the capital of Israel,” Trump said. “While previous presidents have made this a major campaign promise, they failed to deliver. Today, I am delivering.”

The US leader also said that Vice President Mike Pence will travel to the Middle East in the coming days “to reaffirm our commitment to work with partners throughout the Middle East to defeat radicalism.”

The announcement was a major shift by Washington that overturns decades of US foreign policy. Trump’s decision was mostly aimed at pleasing his main supporters – Republican conservatives and evangelical Christian Zionists who comprise an important share of his voter base.

Following the announcement, protests against the United States broke out across the Muslim world, and even Washington’s allies like Turkey, Jordan and Saudi Arabia were forced to condemn the controversial move.

Trump’s declaration of al-Quds as Israel’s capital has also drawn condemnation from other global leaders and prominent politicians across the world.

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