Trump To Recognize Jerusalem As Israeli Capital

US President Donald Trump will recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital according to senior administration officials.

In recognising Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, the US has become the first country to do so since the foundation of the state in 1948.

The region is braced for unrest in anticipation of the declaration, due to be announced at 1pm in Washington, while US embassies around the world have been advised by the state department to bolster security.

US government employees have been told not to travel Jerusalem’s Old City and the West Bank until further notice.

The BBC reports:

Mr Trump is also expected to approve moving the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, but not for several years.

Israel welcomes the changes but the Palestinians and Arab leaders have warned they will jeopardise any Middle East peace process.

The Palestinians’ UK representative, Manuel Hassassian, told the BBC the changes would be the “kiss of death” to the two-state peace solution and amounted to declaring war in the Middle East.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has yet to comment officially but Education Minister Naftali Bennett called on other countries to follow Washington’s lead.

“Jerusalem has been and always will be the eternal capital,” he told the Jerusalem Post Diplomatic Conference.

Pope Francis called for the “status quo” to be respected. Dialogue would only come through “recognising the rights of all people” in the region, he said.

And UK Foreign Secretary, Boris Johnson, said he viewed the reports of what Mr Trump would say “with concern”.

Israel has always regarded Jerusalem as its capital city, while the Palestinians claim East Jerusalem as the capital of a future Palestinian state.

In recognising Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, the US becomes the first country to do so since the foundation of the state in 1948.

What is so contentious about Jerusalem’s status?

The issue goes to the heart of Israel’s conflict with the Palestinians, who are backed by the Arab and wider Islamic world.

The city is home to key religious sites sacred to Judaism, Islam and Christianity, especially in East Jerusalem.

Israel annexed the sector from Jordan after the 1967 Middle East war and regards the entire city as its indivisible capital.

According to the 1993 Israel-Palestinian peace accords, its final status is meant to be discussed in the latter stages of talks.

Israeli sovereignty over Jerusalem has never been recognised internationally and all countries maintain their embassies in Tel Aviv.

  • Mollie Norris

    “50,000 children in Yemen have died of starvation and disease so far this year, monitoring group says”

    This single death toll is the equivalent of over 800 Las Vegas shootings.The Guardian reported the extent of the cholera outbreak that has crippled Yemen on top of starvation: “The cholera epidemic in Yemen has
    become the largest and fastest-spreading outbreak of the disease in
    modern history, with a million cases expected by the end of the year and
    at least 600,000 children likely to be affected…About 4,000 suspected
    cases are being reported daily, more than half of which are among
    children under 18… While there were 815,000 cases of cholera in Haiti between 2010 and 2017, Yemen has exceeded that number in just six months.”

    How much are US Christians spending on dog treats this Christmas? Millions of us should be protesting in the streets in this country and risk being gunned down by our own government; maybe mass genocide in our
    own country would help us see the difference between good and evil. There are many anti-Christs, and Donald Trump, John Hagee and every Zionist is among them.

    • Faith, Hope and Love abide

      Hard to disagree except lets not wish mass genocide on anyone, ok?

    • Poupon Marx

      M., when I think of the Middle Beast Christians and what they have and are suffering, I am filled with equal parts sorrow and rage. They do not provoke, mind their own business, and are tolerant to THEIR MUDLSUM countrymen. No one in a leadership position will say or do anything to assuage this genocide of a people that have inhabited this space since the time of Christ.

      “Dawa as practiced by Islamists employs a wide range of mechanisms to advance the goal of imposing Islamic law (sharia) on society. This includes proselytization, but extends beyond that. In Western countries, dawa aims both to convert non-Muslims to political Islam and to bring about more extreme views among existing Muslims. The ultimate goal of dawa is to destroy the political institutions of a free society and replace them with strict sharia. Islamists rely on both violent and nonviolent means to achieve their objectives.

      Dawa is to the Islamists of today what the “long march through the institutions” was to twentieth-century Marxists. It is subversion from within, the use of religious freedom in order to undermine that very freedom. After Islamists gain power, dawa is to them what Gleichschaltung  (synchronization) of all aspects of German state, civil, and social institutions was to the National Socialists.”

  • Faith, Hope and Love abide

    Not a smart move.

  • HWR

    The ‘peace process’ is officially over. There never was one to begin with.

    Hopefully this will mark the beginning of the end of Shitreal.