World Leaders React as Trump Accepts Jerusalem as Israel’s Capital
President Donald Trump reversed decades of US policy on Wednesday, 6 December, and recognised Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, despite warnings from around the world that the gesture further drives a wedge between Israel and the Palestinians.
In a speech at the White House, Trump said his administration would also begin the process of moving the US embassy in Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, which is expected to take years.
While previous Presidents made this a major campaign promise, they failed to deliver. Today, I am delivering. I am also directing the state department to prepare to move the US Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. This is a long overdue step for the peace process.Donald Trump, President, United States
Israel considers the city its eternal and indivisible capital and wants all embassies to be based there. Palestinians want the capital of an independent Palestinian state to be in the city's eastern sector, which Israel captured in the 1967 Middle East war and annexed in a move not recognised internationally.
Clarifying India’s stance on the move, the Ministry of External Affairs issued a statement saying the country’s view on Palestine was “independent and consistent.”
Trump's decision is likely to please his core supporters – Republican conservatives and evangelical Christians who comprise an important share of his political base.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu hailed Trump’s decision to recognise Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and move the US embassy to the city as a “historic landmark”.
We are profound and grateful for the US President for his courageous and just decision to recognise Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. This reflects the President’s ancient but enduring truth, to fulling his promises. The President’s decision important step towards peace.Benjamin Netanyahu, Prime Minister, Israel
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