Trump declares Jerusalem Israel's capital, announces relocation of U.S. Embassy
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President Donald Trump on Wednesday broke with decades of U.S. and international policy and formally recognized Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.
Despite urgent appeals from Arab and European leaders and the risk of anti-American protests and violence, Trump declared it was time for a new approach to Mideast peace after decades of failure. Calling Jerusalem Israel’s capital, he argued, was merely recognizing the obvious.
“We cannot solve our problems by making the same failed assumptions and repeating the same failed strategies of the past,” the president said.
He also said the U.S. would move its embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, though he set no timetable.
Ahead of Trump’s speech, a wide array of world leaders warned that his declaration could severely damage Arab-Israeli peace prospects in a region wracked by instability. They said recognizing Israel’s claims to the city, however caveated, would infuriate Muslims and potentially spark protests and violence that might further fray American alliances.
In Israel, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said his nation was “profoundly grateful” and Trump’s announcement was an “important step toward peace.”
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