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Sen. Whitehouse: Trump's Jerusalem Decision 'Dangerous'

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By    |   Thursday, 07 Dec 2017 12:07 PM

President Donald Trump's decision to relocate the U.S. embassy in Israel to Jerusalem sends a negative message to the Arab world and could hurt America's relationship with key allies, a Democratic lawmaker said Thursday.

Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse, D-R.I., appeared on CNN's "New Day" and discussed Trump's move to have the United States officially recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, not Tel Aviv.

"The public objection is one thing. I think there are factions within the Trump White House that think this all makes good theater for elements of their base," Whitehouse said.

"I think what's really dangerous is what this means for our relationship with Turkey, which we still depend on for a lot of basing for our military efforts in the Middle East, and with the Saudis, who the Trump White House have bent over backwards to accommodate as our new best friend in the region."

Whitehouse added that he thinks religious beliefs played a role in Trump's decision that was announced Wednesday.

"For really strong evangelicals, this is part of the Biblical prescription that Jerusalem shall return and all of that," Whitehouse said. "I think it's a dangerous idea to let those religious beliefs get ahead of our national interests and our diplomatic interests."

Trump's decision was met with praise from conservatives and religious groups, but several western European countries and Muslim nations said the move sends the wrong signal in the effort to broker peace in the Middle East.

The Islamic group Hamas even urged Palestinians to launch an uprising against Israel after Trump's announcement.

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President Donald Trump's decision to relocate the U.S. embassy in Israel to Jerusalem sends a negative message to the Arab world and could hurt America's relationship with key allies, a Democratic lawmaker said Thursday.
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