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The American and Israeli flags are on display Wednesday on the walls of the Old City of Jerusalem. President Trump announced that the U.S. will view Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, and he ordered the State Department to "begin preparation to move the American Embassy from Tel Aviv." The controversial move threatens to unsettle the region's volatile politics. Ahmad Gharabli/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Religious Leaders Divided Over Trump's Jerusalem Decision

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A picture taken from the Mount of Olives shows the Old City of Jerusalem with the Dome of the Rock. President Trump on Wednesday recognized Jerusalem as Israel's capital, upending decades of U.S. policy and ignoring dire warnings from Arab and Western allies alike. Ahmad Gharabli/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Palestinian protesters burn U.S. and Israeli flags in Gaza City on Wednesday. President Trump has recognized Jerusalem as Israel's capital, upending decades of U.S. policy and ignoring dire warnings from allies. Mahmud Hams /AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Successive American presidents have signed waivers deferring a congressional act calling for the U.S. Embassy to be moved to Jerusalem. President Trump signed such a waiver in June, saying he wanted to give U.S.-brokered Israeli-Palestinian peace efforts a chance to succeed. But in recent days, U.S. officials indicated the president was considering moving the embassy. Oded Balilty/AP hide caption

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Palestinians celebrate in front of the Lion's Gate entrance to Al-Aqsa Mosque after Israeli security measures were removed from the Al-Aqsa Compound in Jerusalem on Wednesday. Anadolu Agency/Getty Images hide caption

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Palestinian Muslim worshippers pray outside an entrance to the Al-Aqsa mosque compound in Jerusalem's Old City on Sunday. They gathered to protest new Israeli security measures implemented at the holy site following an attack that killed two Israeli policemen the previous week. Ahmad Gharabli/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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The Edicule in Jerusalem's Church of the Holy Sepulchre is traditionally believed to be the site of Jesus' tomb. A $4 million restoration project, led by a Greek team, has cleaned and reinforced the structure. Sebastian Scheiner/AP hide caption

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Tomb Of Jesus Is Restored In Jerusalem

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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu attends the weekly cabinet meeting in Jerusalem on Sunday, just prior to his phone call with President Trump. Ronen Zvulun/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Israeli security forces and emergency personnel gather at the site of a vehicle-ramming attack in Jerusalem on Sunday. Menahem Kahana/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Both Israel and Palestinians claim Jerusalem as capital. No country maintains an embassy in the city. yeowatzup/Flickr hide caption

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Trump Favors Moving U.S. Embassy To Jerusalem, Despite Backlash Fears

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Arfan Najar, an archaeologist at the Israel Antiquities Authority, introduces a replica of the Magdala Stone at the Magdala Archeological Park in Israel on Dec. 2, 2013. Li Rui/Xinhua/Landov hide caption

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Palestinian shoppers walk near Damascus Gate in Jerusalem's Old City, under the watchful eye of Israeli police and wall-mounted security cameras. Amid the recent violence, there's talk of placing cameras inside the city's most contested religious site, known as the Temple Mount to Jews and the Al-Aqsa mosque compound to Muslims. Daniella Cheslow for NPR hide caption

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Proposed Cameras At Jerusalem Shrine Put The Focus On Mutual Mistrust

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Palestinian men shout slogans next to Israeli police as they await permission to enter what Jews call the Temple Mount and Muslims call the Nobel Sanctuary, on Nov. 5, in Jerusalem, Israel. On Friday, Israel dropped age restrictions on men attending Friday prayers, a move aimed at lowering tensions around access to the contested shrine. Lior Mizrahi/Getty Images hide caption

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At A Tense Jerusalem Holy Site, Palestinians Stand Watch

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Palestinian stone-throwers take cover behind doors during clashes with Israeli police in Jerusalem on Thursday. For months, the streets of East Jerusalem have been tense, with frequent clashes between police and Palestinians. Ammar Awad/Reuters/Landov hide caption

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Why Jerusalem's Real Estate Market Is Part Of The Mideast Conflict

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