The move makes the United States the first country to recognise Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. President Donald Trump recognised the disputed city of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital on Wednesday, an historic decision that overturns decades of US policy . . .
“I have determined that it is time to officially recognise Jerusalem as the capital of Israel,” the US leader said in a speech from the White House.
Israel considers the city its eternal and indivisible capital and wants all embassies based there.
Mr. Trump’s decision is considered by many including the Arab and Muslim world, US Democrats, US leftists, US liberals and many Trump-haters as a high-risk foray into the thicket of the Middle East. Many anti-Trump liberals say Trump’s decision was driven not by diplomatic calculations but by a campaign promise.
They say he appealed to evangelicals and ardently pro-Israel American Jews in 2016 by vowing to move the embassy, and advisers said on Tuesday he was determined to make good on his word . . .
And why not!
But the president, faced with a deadline to make that decision, made the momentous decision. The president may have signed a national security waiver to keep the embassy in Tel Aviv for an additional six months, even as he set in motion a plan to move it to Jerusalem. Officials said the process would take several years.
Photo: US President Donald Trump makes a historic visit to the Wailing Wall (or Western Wall or Kotel) during his historic trip to the Old City of Jerusalem in Israel.
When Trump announced that the US now recognises Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, he bravely overturned decades of official US policy to the middle east region.
Mr Trump described the move as “a long overdue step” to advance the Middle East peace process.
The fate of the Ancient City of Jerusalem is one of the thorniest issues between Israel and the Palestinians.
Israel called Mr Trump’s move “historic” but there has been sharp international criticism.
Mr Trump said the US still supported a two-state solution to the longstanding conflict, if approved by both sides, which would essentially see the creation of an independent Palestinian state living alongside Israel.
Photo: The ancient City of Jerusalem | The new capital of Israel.
With his staunch one-man army loyalist and also the US Vice President Mike Pence standing boldly and proudly behind him in the oval and resplendent Diplomatic Reception Room of the White House, (and with hindsight, of upholding US presidential campaign promises), US President Donald J. Trump changed the history of Israel, Palestine, the middle east peace process, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and the fate of the ancient city of Jerusalem, forever!