Trump finally recognises Jerusalem as the capital of Israel amidst tension
The United States President Donald Trump will announce on Wednesday of the recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and also will direct the move of the U.S embassy there.
Trump is to sigh a national security waiver to delay the moving of the embassy since the US has no structure yet in Jerusalem. A White House official said it will take three to four years to build an embassy in Jerusalem.
Earlier on Trump had spoken to his allies in the Middle East of his decision all expressed concern about the escalation of tension and hostilities in the region. He spoke to Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Jordan’s King Abdullah and Saudi King Salman.
This is also one of Trump’s campaign promises which is well received by the conservatives and the evangelical Christians who make up his support base. Israel and Palestinians want East Jerusalem as their capital as part of the two state solution.
However, a white house official said on Tuesday while briefing reporters that the “President believes this is a recognition of reality”.
“We’re going forward on the basis of a truth that is undeniable. It’s just a fact.”
In defending the decision, the officials said Trump was basically reflecting a fundamental truth: That Jerusalem is the seat of the Israeli government and should be recognized as such.
Israel captured Arab East Jerusalem in the 1967 Middle East war and later annexed it. The international community does not recognize Israeli sovereignty over the entire city, home to sites holy to the Muslim, Jewish and Christian religions.
Reacting to the decision Hamas chief Ismail Haniyeh said “Our Palestinian people everywhere will not allow this conspiracy to pass, and their options are open in defending their land and their sacred places,”
The Palestinians have stated that the decision is a kiss of death to the two state solution.
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