United States President, Donald Trump, on Wednesday, December 6, announced that America has formally recognized Jerusalem as Israel’s capital city, changing decades of U.S. policy.
President Trump who spoke at the White House’s Diplomatic Reception Room, also announced that United States embassy in Israel would, over time, be moved there from Tel Aviv.
“I have determined that it is time to officially recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel”, Trump said.
“While previous presidents have made this a major campaign promise, they failed to deliver. Today I am delivering.
“When I came into office I promised to look at the world’s challenges with open eyes and very fresh thinking”, he said, leaning heavily on a mid-1990s federal law that demanded the embassy’s relocation.
“We have declined to acknowledge any Israeli capital – at all”, Trump added. “But 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. It is something that has to be done”, the United President said on Wednesday, November 6.
According to DailyMail, every president since Bill Clinton has exercised a waiver under that law, kicking the can down the road. Trump said that has brought the world “no closer to a peace agreement between Israel and the Palestinians”.
Watch the announcement below:…………………
— CBS News (@CBSNews) December 6, 2017