Trump announces U.S. will recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital

President Donald Trump on Wednesday announced that the United States can formally recognize Jerusalem seeing that Israel’s capital.

“That town is Israel’s capital,” Trump said in remarks at the White House. “It is time to officially acknowledge Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.”

Trump also announced programs to build a new American embassy in Jerusalem. The current U.S. embassy is normally positioned in Tel Aviv.

Trump acknowledged that his decision was driven by a political campaign pledge, declaring that “even while previous presidents have made this a significant campaign promise, they failed to deliver. Today, I am delivering.”

The president continued to say that his decision “isn’t intended in any way” to hamper a lasting peace agreement between Israel and the Palestinians. He as well said the United States would “support a two talk about solution if agreed to by both sides.”

But Trump’s decision has already angered leaders over the Middle East, who warned the president that his decision would effectively doom any near future peace negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians, and may further destabilize the complete Middle East.

Jerusalem is definitely a divided town, with West Jerusalem serving due to the seat of Israel’s government. Palestinians, however, consider East Jerusalem as the rightful capital of any near future Palestinian state.

Trump said he’d immediately begin the process of designing and creating a new U.S. embassy in Jerusalem. Upon completion, he said, it “will be a wonderful tribute to peace.”

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