As expected, U.S. President Donald Trump’s announced America recognizes Jerusalem as the capital of Israel – a move that goes against years of U.S. foreign policy.
(Associated Press / Alex Brandon)
In a White House speech, Trump said the decision ”marks the beginning of a new approach to conflict between Israel and the Palestinians”.
The president adds he intends to do everything in his power to help forge a peace agreement in the Middle East.
He admits there will disagreement and is calling for calm in response to the announcement which also includes preparations to begin the eventual move of the U.S. Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu calls it a ”historic day” and an ”important step toward peace.”
Palestinian Leader Mahmoud Abbas says Trump’s destroyed his credibility as a peace broker and that the Palestinian leadership will meet in the coming days and consult with Arab leaders to formulate a response.
U.N. Secretary General Antonio Guterres says ”unilateral measures” such as the one Washington is taking jeopardize the prospect for peace in the region.