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Donald Trump recognises Jerusalem as Israel’s capital

President Donald Trump of the United States recognised Jerusalem as Israel’s capital on Wednesday and announced plans to relocate the US Embassy there.

The move is expected to inflame tensions in the region and unsettle the prospects for peace, CNN reported.

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,” Trump said from the White House’s Diplomatic Reception Room.

He added, “After more than two decades of waivers, we are no closer to a lasting peace agreement between Israel and the Palestinians. It would be folly to assume that repeating the exact same formula would now produce a different or better result.”

Trump’s decision upended seven decades of US foreign policy that has resisted a recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital before the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is resolved.

Trump’s move on Wednesday signaled a willingness to prioritise the fulfillment of another campaign promise over warnings from US allies in the region. The decision could also stymie the peace process and increase security risks in a region that is already on edge.

Acknowledging the concerns he fielded a day earlier from regional Arab leaders, Trump underscored his decision by reaffirming the United States’ commitment to helping Israelis and Palestinians reach a peace agreement. He also stressed that his announcement did not mark a shift in US policy on the final boundaries of future Israeli and Palestinian states.

He said,

“We are not taking a position on any of the final status issues including the final boundaries of the Israeli sovereignty in Jerusalem.

“Those questions are up to the parties involved. The United States remains deeply committed to helping facilitate a peace agreement that is acceptable to both sides.”

Trump’s announcement was warmly received by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who seized the opportunity to call on other countries to join the US in recognising Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.

“The President’s decision is an important step towards peace, for there is no peace that doesn’t include Jerusalem as the capital of the State of Israel,” Netanyahu said.

Palestinian President, Mahmoud Abbas, condemned and rejected Trump’s decision. Speaking in a televised address, the Palestinian leader said the move would aid extremist organisations to wage holy wars.

10 Comments

10 Comments

  1. plumpyj

    December 7, 2017 at 8:23 am

    Ndi Arabs go nd yansh down….

  2. Anonymous

    December 7, 2017 at 8:02 am

    Na dem sabi…..

  3. Etega Tom

    December 7, 2017 at 9:09 am

    Well, I just hope Donald Trump carefully thought about and reviewed the files, submissions and decisions of previous US governments who had refused to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital for over 70 years. Some component parts of Jerusalem were seized from Jordan by Israel during the war.

    This recognition may pit America against other nations, particularly in the middle Eastern region and I can guarantee that the UN General Assembly would quickly denounce and resist this. My Masters thesis on International law was about the middle Eastern crisis so I know a bit.

    This Donald Trump recognition risks destroying the hopes of peace between Israel and Palestine that has been under negotiation for decades. Well let’s see how the world responds to this.

    • My name: Chika

      December 7, 2017 at 2:57 pm

      Tom, There is overwhelming global opposition to this Trump recognition right now. It has thrown the Middle East into a ring of fire. There are protests going on in Palestine and virtually all the Middle eastern countries, with some even calling for intifada.

      The UN security council is going to meet tomorrow to discuss it and condemnation continues to mount across the Middle East and internationally.

      In the meantime, The US state department has started making arrangements to move the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, lol.

      To me Trumps declaration and recognition is in breach of both international law and UN resolutions, I’m holding however my breath to see how things play out, which other countries will line behind the US, and what happens thereafter.

  4. DIVINE

    December 7, 2017 at 9:23 am

    There is no alternative for peace, I think peace should be the most priority here.

  5. Anonymous

    December 7, 2017 at 9:17 am

    My country nko, we want take Federal Territory of Nigeria to IMO state because rochas has promise to fence the state and roof it at the same time, more statues will be erected including Bobrisky’s statue,,,,,,,,,, minister for happiness, NTA news

  6. Anonymous

    December 7, 2017 at 9:26 am

    Alright

  7. Anonymous

    December 7, 2017 at 2:22 pm

    U Don meanit

  8. Anonymous

    December 8, 2017 at 5:46 am

    You can bring your Embassy to Imo State, we have Minister for happiness….

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