The president seemed to relish playing a familiar role: the political insurgent, defying foreign policy orthodoxy on behalf of the people who elected him.
An Israeli minister said the move to Jerusalem would be “destiny,” while the leader of Hamas called it “an unaccountable gamble.”
Mr. Trump leaves as a newly appointed special counsel begins looking into any ties between Russia and the president’s campaign.
Jared Kushner, President Trump’s son-in-law, has a profound connection to Israel. When he meets with the country’s prime minister on Wednesday, it will be a gathering influenced by old encounters and shared experiences.
He is proving to be less of a radical than either his campaign statements or his tempestuous early phone calls with foreign leaders would suggest.
The emerging approach mirrors the thinking of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel, who visits Washington next week, and also of past American administrations.