President Donald Trump has announced that the US now recognises Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.
Mr Trump described the move as “a long overdue step” to advance the Middle East peace process. Israel called Mr Trump’s move “historic” but there has been sharp international criticism.
Trump said the US still supported a two-state solution to the longstanding conflict, if approved by both sides, which would essentially see the creation of an independent Palestinian state living alongside Israel.
Why is this significant?
The Palestinians claim East Jerusalem as the capital of a future state, and according to the 1993 Israel-Palestinian peace accords, its final status is meant to be discussed in the latter stages of peace talks.
Arabs, Europe, UN categorically reject Trump’s Jerusalem decision
Arabs and Muslims across the Middle East on Wednesday condemned the US recognition of Jerusalem. As Israel’s capital as an incendiary move in a volatile region and Palestinians said. Washington was abandoning its leading role as a peace mediator.
Major US allies came out against Trump’s reversal of decades of US and broad international policy on Jerusalem.
What did Trump say?
He said. He was directing the US state department to begin preparations. To move the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.
More about this by Trump tweet
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