President Trump has announced that the United States recognizes Jerusalem as Israel’s capital city, and is beginning the process of moving the US embassy from Tel Aviv.
Israel is the only country where the United States has an embassy in a city that the host nation does not consider its capital
‘I have determined that it is time to officially recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel,’ Trump said. ‘While previous presidents have made this a major campaign promise, they failed to deliver. Today I am delivering.’
‘When I came into office I promised to look at the world’s challenges with open eyes and very fresh thinking,’ he said, leaning heavily on a mid-1990s federal law that demanded the embassy’s relocation.
‘We have declined to acknowledge any Israeli capital – at all,’ Trump added. ‘But today we finally acknowledge the obvious, that Jerusalem is Israel’s capital. This is nothing more or less than a recognition of reality. It is also the right thing to do. It is something that has to be done.’
Since Bill Clinton, every President has used a waiver in the Jerusalem Embassy Act. This has effectively kicked the can down the road. Trump has stated on numerous occasions that doing that has brought the world ‘no closer to a peace agreement between Israel and the Palestinians.’
Trump said the United States will continue to support a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian standoff, ‘if agreed to by both sides.’
‘In the meantime, I call on all parties to maintain the status quo at Jerusalem’s holy sites,’ he said.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called the move ‘historic’. He has pledged to continue giving Muslims and Christians access to their sacred places in Jerusalem’s Old City.
The terror group Hamas said Trump has opened ‘the gates of hell’
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