Published On: Thu, Dec 7th, 2017

U.S Declares Jerusalem As Israel’s Capital.

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United States President, Donald Trump, on Wednesday announced that Jerusalem will be formally recognized as Israel’s capital.

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

The U.S president also announced plans to build a new American embassy in Jerusalem. The current U.S. embassy is located in Tel Aviv.

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

He further said that his decision “is not intended in any way” to hamper a lasting peace agreement between Israel and the Palestinians. He also said the United States would “support a two state solution if agreed to by both sides.”

However, Trump’s decision has already angered leaders across the Middle East, who warned the president that his decision would effectively doom any future peace negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians, and could further destabilize the entire Middle East.

Jerusalem has long been a divided city, with West Jerusalem serving as the seat of Israel’s government. Palestinians, however, consider East Jerusalem as the rightful capital of any future Palestinian state.

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

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