President Trump Recognizes Jerusalem as Israel’s Capital

December 7, 2017

Ross Dayton

Jerusalem Dome of the Rock, cc Flickr Dennis Jarvis, modified, https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/

 

Summary

US President Donald Trump has announced his country’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and plans for moving the US embassy to Jerusalem from Tel Aviv. Trump’s declaration goes against decades of reluctance by previous US presidents to recognize Jerusalem’s status before a final peace agreement is reached. The move has been widely criticized by the international community for putting the Israeli-Palestinian peace process in jeopardy and further antagonizing the Muslim world.

Jerusalem is arguably the most contentious issue in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. It is the holiest city in Judaism and Christianity, and is home to the Al-Aqsa Mosque, the third holiest site in Islam. Both Israelis and Palestinians claim the city as their national capital.

 

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