Via CNN, President Trump is declaring Jerusalem the capital of Israel “in a move that will spark controversy across the world.”
The announcement would move Trump one step closer to fulfilling his campaign pledge to relocate the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem — a move long sought by Israel, but set aside by previous US Presidents due to regional concerns and Jerusalem’s contested status between Israelis and Palestinians. Both sides claim the holy city as their capital.
Why is declaring Jerusalem the capital such a big deal?
The final status of Jerusalem has always been one of the most difficult and sensitive questions in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. If the United States declares Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, it would be seen as prejudging that question, deciding an issue that was supposed to be left to negotiations and breaking with the international consensus on the holy city.Recognizing Jerusalem as the capital also moves the United States one major step closer to relocating the embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, which would be seen as cementing Israeli sovereignty over the city.
President Trump should be applauded for fulfilling (yet another) one of his campaign promises in formally recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. It is a gutsy move by Trump to elevate Judeo-Christian values during the era of radical Islam and when so many past leaders have failed to affect change in the region.
Clinton promised to do it.— ForAmerica (@ForAmerica) December 6, 2017
Bush promised to do it.
Obama promised to do it.
Trump did it. pic.twitter.com/oOeg1HGHlQ