US President Donald Trump on Wednesday recognized Jerusalem as capital of Israel, overturning decades of official US policy. He defined the move as ‘a long overdue step’ to advance the Middle East peace process.
I have determined that it is time to officially recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. I am also directing the State Department to begin preparation to move the American Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem... pic.twitter.com/YwgWmT0O8m— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 6, 2017
Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called Donald Trump’s move ‘historic’ and said that his nation is ‘profoundly grateful for the president for his courageous and just decision.’
But also there has been sharp international criticism.
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas called the move ‘deplorable’ and said that the US could no longer be a peace broker.