U.S. President Donald Trump on 06 December 2017 declared Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, hailing it as “very fresh thinking” and a repudiation of “the same failed strategies of the past” employed by his predecessors. “It is time to officially recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel,” Trump said from the White House.
Trump also said he would direct the State Department to begin the process of moving the U.S. Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. While Trump is fulfilling campaign promises domestically on both decisions, the U.S. risks infuriating the Muslim world, potentially sparking protests that could fray American alliances in the volatile Middle East.
Reactions from leaders in both the Mideast and around the world had already ranged from concern to alarm in anticipation of Trump’s announcement. Jerusalem’s status is one of the most emotionally charged matters separating the Israelis and Palestinians. Both sides stake claims. Israel captured east Jerusalem claimed by Palestinians for the capital of a future independent state from Jordan in 1967 and annexed it, in a move not internationally recognized.