US President Donald Trump holds up a proclamation to officially recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.
US President Donald Trump holds up a proclamation to officially recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.(Photo: AP)
  • 1. Why Did Trump Recognise Jerusalem as Israel's Capital?
  • 2. Why is Jerusalem Important in the Middle East Conflict?
  • 3. Does Any Other Country Have an Embassy in Jerusalem?
  • 4. Has Jerusalem Been a Flashpoint Before?
  • 5. What is India's Stand on Israel and Palestine?
Why The Uproar Over Trump’s Jerusalem Declaration?

US President Donald Trump announced on December 6, Wednesday that the United States recognises Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and that it will move its embassy to the holy city.

In doing so, Trump is breaking with longtime US policy and potentially threatening regional stability, despite warnings from Western and Arab allies.

  • 1. Why Did Trump Recognise Jerusalem as Israel's Capital?

    US President Donald Trump holds up a proclamation to officially recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.
    A view of Jerusalem Old City seen from Mount of Olives
    (Photo: AP)

    There has long been pressure from pro-Israel politicians in the United States to move its embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, and Trump made it a signature promise of his campaign during the 2016 presidential election.

    It is a decision that will likely be popular with many conservatives and evangelical Christians in his political base. Many of them support political recognition of Israel’s claim to the city. Vice President Mike Pence and David Friedman, the ambassador to Israel appointed by Trump, are thought to have pushed hard for both recognition and embassy relocation.

    Also Read: Trump Recognises Jerusalem as Israel’s Capital, Defying Allies

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