US President Trump announced that the US government officially recognized the city of Jerusalem as the capital of the State of Israel and announced that the US embassy in Israel would be relocated to Jerusalem in a historic speech at the White House.
“Today we finally acknowledge the obvious, that Jerusalem is Israel’s capital. This is nothing more or less than recognition of reality. It’s also the right thing to do. Something that has to be done,” Trump said during a speech at the White House.
The US president spoke about the 1995 bipartisan Congress adoption of the Jerusalem Embassy Act, saying his predecessors have signed waivers to delay the embassy move for over 20 years “under the belief delaying recognition would advance the cause of peace.”
Despite this, “After more than two decades of waivers, we’re no closer to a lasting peace agreement between Israel and the Palestinians. It would be folly to assume that repeating the same formula would produce different results,” he said.
“I have determined that it is time to officially recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel,” he continued, calling it “overdue” and in the best interests of the United States.
Trump further stressed recognition acknowledged the “obvious” that Jerusalem is the seat of Israel’s government despite the disputed status that is one of the key elements in the Israeli-Palestinian Authority conflict.
Trump also directed that the State Department begin the process of moving the US Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem as required by US law. Officials said, however, that the move will take years to complete.
PM Netanyahu thanks Trump for Jerusalem recognition: This is a historic day. Jerusalem has been the capital of the Jewish people for 3,000 years. It’s been the capital of Israel for nearly 70 years.