Trump recognises Jerusalem as Israel’s capital

Trump recognises Jerusalem as Israel’s capital
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Washington, Dec 7: President Donald Trump today recognised Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and ordered to start the process of moving the US embassy from Tel Aviv to the holy city which many Arab leaders warned could trigger an upheaval in the already volatile Middle East.
The controversial decision, which was promised by Trump during his 2016 campaign and appeals to his right-wing base, could lead to massive protests in the Middle East and elsewhere, Arab leaders warned.
“I have determined it is time to officially recognise Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. Jerusalem is Israel’s capital. It is recognition of a reality.
“I am also directing the State Department to immediately begin the process of US embassy in Jerusalem,” Trump said.
He said that it was a long overdue step.
“Jerusalem is not just the heart of three great religions, but it is now also the heart of one of the most successful democracies in the world.
“Over the past seven decades, the Israeli people have built a country where Jews, Muslims, Christians and people of all faiths are free to live and worship according to their conscience and beliefs,” the President said.
Trump said that the United States remains deeply committed to helping facilitate a peace agreement that is acceptable to both sides.
“I intend to do everything in my power to help forge such an agreement.
“We are not taking a position on any final status, issues. Without question Jerusalem is one of the most sensitive issues in those talks,” Trump said.
US supports a two-state solution, he said.
“There will of course be disagreement and dissent regarding this announcement, but we are confident that ultimately, as we work through these disagreements, we will arrive at a place of greater understanding and cooperation,” Trump added.
Trump made the major announcement from the White House.
In taking this action, Trump fulfils a major campaign promise.
The international community considers east Jerusalem illegally occupied by Israel and most countries have their embassies in Tel Aviv.

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