Trump officially recognized Jerusalem as the capital of Israel

WASHINGTON, December 6 — RIA Novosti. The President of the United States Donald trump announced the recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.

“I decided that now is the time to officially recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel,” — said the American leader.

So trump has fulfilled his campaign promise. According to him, more than 20 years, every President refused to move the American Embassy to Jerusalem or to recognize it as the capital of Israel. Trump explained that they did, believing that this step would be detrimental to the peace process.

Trump noted that, nevertheless, over the last two decades “we have not approached the ongoing truce between Israel and Palestine.” “It would be foolish to assume that following a similar formula will lead to different or better results,” he added.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu thanked trump for “a brave and fair decision.” The Prime Minister called it an “important step to peace” and vowed to maintain the status quo of the Holy places in Jerusalem.

The decision trump prior to his announcement condemned in the Palestinian national authority, and in other States. The President of the Palestinian national authority Mahmoud Abbas during a telephone conversation warned the American President about the serious consequences of the recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel for peace, security and stability in the region and the world.

Palestinian Ambassador to Saudi Arabia Basem al-Agha told RIA Novosti that Abbas intends to gather to discuss issues of Jerusalem, the leaders of the first Arab countries and then other Muslim countries.

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that the Republic, after the decision of Washington to break with Israel diplomatic relations.

The head of EU diplomacy Federica Mogherini urged the international community restrained response to the U.S. decision.

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, in turn, noted that Washington has the right to move American Embassy in Israel.

Israel considers Jerusalem its “United and indivisible” capital, including its Eastern areas and the historic centre, captured in the 1967 war with Jordan.

The world does not recognize the annexation and considers the status of the city one of the biggest problems of the middle East conflict which should be resolved on the basis of an agreement with the Palestinians claiming the Eastern part of Jerusalem. Because of this, all foreign embassies are located in tel Aviv.

The U.S. Congress in 1995 passed a law on the transfer of the Embassy in Israel from tel Aviv to Jerusalem, but the execution of the decision was delayed all the time.