The president of the United States, Donald Trump, formally recognized the city of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and announced his intention to relocate the US embassy in that city.
“…it is time to officially recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel,” the president said from the White House, an announcement that caught everyone’s attention because of concerns that this would create tensions and complicate prospects for peace between Israel and Palestine.
Trump’s decision broke with decades of foreign policy and generated rejection by most of the world’s leaders. Recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel calls into question the peace in the region, there lie some of the most sacred ancient sites of Judaism, Christianity and Islamism and is also claimed by the Palestinians as the capital of a future state.
“We can not solve our problems by making the same assumptions and implementing the same failed strategies of the past, all new challenges require new approaches,” he explained. “My announcement today marks the beginning of a new approach to the conflict between Israel and Palestine.”
He said that, despite the decision, the United States will continue to support “a two-state solution” if both parties agree. “This decision is not intended in any way to reflect a departure from our firm commitment to facilitate a lasting peace agreement,” he explained. “We want an agreement that is a good agreement for both Israelis and Palestinians.”
Trump reported that he ordered the US State Department to “begin preparations to move the Tel Aviv embassy to Jerusalem” and that they will hire architects to build an embassy that is “a magnificent tribute of peace.”
World leaders such as the president of France, Emmanuel Macron, Turkey, Tayyip Erdogan and several heads of state in the Middle East rejected the decision of the president of the United States.
On the other hand, the Prime Minister of Israel, Benjamin Netanyahu thanked the President of the United States for his support and assured that it was a historic day for the Israeli people.