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Trump keeps his promise, delivers Jerusalem as Israel's capital

Trump keeps his promise, delivers Jerusalem as Israels capital

It is possibly the clearest statement by a US President, something that no other President would have or would in the future make. Announcing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

One thing is totally clear that many may say that Trump doesn't have the finish of a politician but it possibly because of that he has not made this just an empty poll promise, but a promise that he has delivered.

"The president's decision is an important step toward peace, for there is no peace that doesn't include Jerusalem as the capital of Israel." He stressed there would be no change in the status quo at the holy sites and Israel will ensure "freedom of worship" for all faiths. (foxnews.com)

"A way must be found through negotiations to resolve the status of Jerusalem as a future capital of both states." Just hours before Mr. Trump made his announcement, Mr. Tillerson said that peace in The Middle East was still possible. (nytimes.com)

"We want an agreement that is a great deal for the Israelis and a great deal for the Palestinians." The U.S. would be the first country to move its embassy to Jerusalem, which is claimed by both Israelis and Palestinians. (foxnews.com)

It's something that has to be done." The president cast his decision as a break with decades of failed policy on Jerusalem, which the United States, along with virtually every other nation in the world, has declined to recognise as the capital since Israel's founding in 1948. (nytimes.com)

Mr. Trump's pledge was extremely popular with evangelicals and pro-Israel backers, including the casino magnate Sheldon Adelson, who donated $25 million to a political action committee supporting Mr. Trump during the presidential campaign. (nytimes.com)


US had made this decision long back

The traditional US position on the city has been that Jerusalem's status must be negotiated between the two sides. In 1995, the US Congress passed an act stating that "Jerusalem should be recognised as the capital of the State of Israel and the United States embassy in Israel should be established in Jerusalem no later than May 31, 1999." But ever since then, implementation has been blocked by successive US presidents.(France 24)

Trump vowed during his election campaign to move the embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem and to recognise the disputed city as Israel's capital. He partially fulfilled that pledge on Wednesday, declaring Jerusalem Israel's capital, but only announcing his intent to move the embassy there, which could take years.(France 24)

Every US president in the last few decades has promised it but never delivered it.


Arab world reacts negatively

In Riyadh, the Saudi Press Agency, using the arabic name for Jerusalem, said King Salman bin Abdul Aziz warned Trump "that such a dangerous step of relocation or recognition of Al-Quds as the capital of Israel would constitute a flagrant provocation of Muslims, all over the world." (chicagotribune.com)

King Abdullah II of Jordan strongly cautioned against the move, "stressing that Jerusalem is the key to achieving peace and stability in the region and the world," according to a statement from the royal palace in Amman. (nytimes.com)

Late on Tuesday, Palestinian national and Islamic groups issued a joint statement calling for three days of "popular anger" to protest Mr. Trump's move, beginning on Wednesday throughout the palestinian territories and in demonstrations at United States embassies and consulates around the world. (nytimes.com)

The Jordanian monarch warned Trump that "the decision will have serious implications that will undermine efforts to resume the peace process and will provoke Muslims and Christians alike," according to a statement from the Jordanian government. (politico.com)

The president is still open to the possibility of a two-state solution, and he understands that the final borders of Israel and a future Palestinian state remain subject to negotiations, senior administration officials told reporters Tuesday. (politico.com)

Although in theory the president could simply switch the sign at the existing U.S. consulate in Jerusalem to say "embassy," the administration says it wants to wait until an appropriate site is selected, proper security is in place and a host of other personnel issues are addressed. (politico.com)

Palestinian Christians in Bethlehem were spotted burning photographs of Donald Trump and holding signs reading "Move the embassy to your country, not ours," and "Jerusalem, Palestine's heart, is not up to negotiations." The declaration of Jerusalem as Israel's capital carries deep symbolic significance and could have dangerous consequences. (joeforamerica.com)

Separately, the Palestinian delegate to the united kingdom said on Wednesday that President Trump's move to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel signals "a declaration of war" in the region. (joeforamerica.com)

It's Belief

There is belief involved and that is why this is a sensitive issue. The city is revered by three major faiths but mired in political and religious disputes. Israel claims all of Jerusalem as its capital, while the Palestiniansclaim the city's eastern sector, captured by Israel in the 1967 Mideast war, as the capital of a future independent state. These rival claims are one of the thorniest issues at the heart of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.(France 24)

The conflict is focused largely on the Old City, home to Jerusalem's most important holy sites, and in particular on a hilltop compound revered by Jews and Muslims. The compound, known to Jews as the Temple Mount, is the spot where the biblical Jewish Temples stood thousands of years ago and is considered the holiest site in Judaism. Today, it is home to the Al Aqsa Mosque, the third-holiest site in Islam, and the iconic gold-topped Dome of the Rock.(France 24)

The city is also home to the holiest sites in Christianity, including the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, built on the site where most Christians believe Jesus was crucified and buried. (France 24)

Peace possible

Whatever may be said the reality is that countries have had a double speak on Israel and Palestine. Trump has shown the courage of taking this peace process forward. Only when Israel and Palestine will have defined boundaries can they both live in peacefully.

Countries will have to stop doing politics around it and let these two countries find their peace.


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