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Biden reportedly considers visiting occupied East Jerusalem

President Joe Biden speaks at United Performance Metals in Hamilton, Ohio on 6 May 2022. [Megan Jelinger - Anadolu Agency]
President Joe Biden speaks at United Performance Metals in Hamilton, Ohio on 6 May 2022. [Megan Jelinger - Anadolu Agency]

US President, Joe Biden, is considering a visit to occupied East Jerusalem during his upcoming visit to Israel in June, an Israeli official told CNN, and Anadolu News Agency reports.

The official said Biden would possibly visit Al-Makassed Hospital in the city, although the plans are not yet to be finalised.

If confirmed, the visit is likely to cause a controversy as it would be seen by Israel as a sign of support to the Palestinians, who want the city as the capital of their future State.

There was no comment from either US or Israeli officials on the report.

No US president has ever visited occupied East Jerusalem in the past.

Israel occupied East Jerusalem, where the flashpoint Al-Aqsa Mosque complex is located, during the 1967 Arab-Israeli War. It annexed the entire city in 1980, a move never recognised by the international community.

The Israeli Public Broadcasting Corporation (KAN) said Biden's visit to East Jerusalem will mean that the city is "divided" and that Israel's sovereignty over the city is not recognised by the Biden administration.

During his visit, Biden is expected to meet with Israeli officials, including Prime Minister, Naftali Bennett, and President Isaac Herzog. He will also meet with Palestinian President, Mahmoud Abbas, in the West Bank city of Bethlehem.

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