President Trump formally recognized Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and announced a plan to move the U.S. Embassy from Tel Aviv. “Today we finally acknowledge the obvious: that Jerusalem is Israel’s capital. This is nothing more or less than a recognition of reality. It is also the right thing to do. It’s something that has to be done,” he said.
Until now, the United States, along with virtually every other nation in the world, has declined to recognize as the capital since Israel’s founding in 1948. The American President expressed hope in normalization of relations of Israel in the region, saying it was “a long overdue step to advance the peace process.” He also declared he remained committed to brokering an agreement “that is a great deal for the Israelis and a great deal for the Palestinians.” Mr. Trump remembered that he had promised to move the embassy during the 2016 presidential campaign.
The American Embassy in Israel
Anticipating now reactions after his decision, he appealed for “calm, for moderation, and for the voices of tolerance to prevail over the purveyors of hate.” In fact, the American decision has drawn a storm of criticism from Arab and European leaders immediately. The European Union’s top diplomat, Federica Mogherini, made clear that Europe saw the president’s decision as a threat to peace in the Middle East. On the other part, “it’s time for the rest of Israel’s friends to recognize Jerusalem as its capital, Knesset Speaker Yuli Edelstein said Wednesday.