Report: Trump administration asks Israel to mute response on Jerusalem recognition


The Trump administration asked its Israeli counterparts to tone down their response to President TrumpDonald John TrumpHouse Democrat slams Donald Trump Jr. for ‘serious case of amnesia’ after testimony Skier Lindsey Vonn: I don’t want to represent Trump at Olympics Poll: 4 in 10 Republicans think senior Trump advisers had improper dealings with Russia MORE ‘s announcement that the U.S. would recognize Jerusalem as the Israeli capital, according to a State Department document obtained by Reuters.

The document, which was dated the same day of Trump’s announcement, obtains taking points for diplomats working at the U.S. Embassy in Tel Aviv to relay to Israeli officials.

“While I recognize that you will publicly welcome this news, I ask that you restrain your official response,” the document said.

“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 U.S. facilities and personnel overseas,” the document continued.

Reuters also reported the State Department had established an internal task force “to track worldwide developments” in the wake of Trump’s announcement.

A department source told the publication task forces were standard “any time there is a concern about the safety and security of U.S. government personnel or U.S. citizens.”

The Hill has reached out to the State Department for comment.

The report comes as protests begin to break out in the Palestinian dominated West Bank in response to Trump’s announcement.

The leader of the Palestinian militant group Hamas has called for a new uprising against Israel in response to the announcement to take place on Friday.

The department on Tuesday urged U.S. citizens to avoid Jerusalem’s Old City and the West Bank over fears of protests and violent reaction to the president’s announcement.

Trump’s move to recognize Jerusalem as the capital was expected to cause unrest in the region because Palestinians have viewed a part of Jerusalem as a capital for a future Palestinian state.

While Israel calls the holy city its capital, the international community considers Tel Aviv to be the capital of Israel.