JERUSALEM — President Trump is expected to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital on Wednesday.

He will also include instructions for the State Department to begin moving the U.S. Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

The move will not be immediate and will take several years.

The announcement comes despite intense Arab, Muslim and European opposition.

Pope Francis weighed in Wednesday morning and called for status quo of Jerusalem to be respected.

Trump's expected announcement goes against decades of U.S. policy and some say it could result in violent protests.

In a security message released by the State Department, U.S. citizens are discouraged from traveling in areas of the city where there are heavy crowds and an elevated police and military presence.

U.S. government employees and their family members are not allowed to conduct personal travel in Jerusalem’s Old City and in the West Bank, Bethlehem and Jericho until further notice.

Only essential travel and with additional security measures will be allowed for U.S. government employees.

Jerusalem is sacred to Christians, Jews, and Muslims and is a contentious part of Israeli-Palestinian negotiations.