President of the United States of America Donald Trump announced on Wednesday 6th of December 2017 that the US has formally recognized Jerusalem as the capital of Israel; he made this known at the White House’s Diplomatic Reception Room.
He was quoted as saying ‘I have determined that it is time to officially recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel,’ Trump said. ‘While previous presidents have made this a major campaign promise, they failed to deliver. Today I am delivering.’
‘When I came into office I promised to look at the world’s challenges with open eyes and very fresh thinking,’ he said, leaning heavily on a mid-1990s federal law that demanded the embassy’s relocation.
‘We have declined to acknowledge any Israeli capital – at all,’ Trump added. ‘But today we finally acknowledge the obvious, that Jerusalem is Israel’s capital. This is nothing more or less than a recognition of reality.’
‘It is also the right thing to do. It is something that has to be done.’
He said the recent decisions do not take the U.S. away from its commitment to a two-state solution “if agreed to by both sides,” in reference to the Israelis and the Palestinians.
“We want an agreement that is a great deal for the Israelis, a great deal for the Palestinians,” he said; adding that the “U.S. remains committed to peace agreement acceptable to both sides.”
In a prompt response to Mr. Trump’s statement, the Secretary General of the United Nations, António Guterres, said the UN remained committed to the two-state solution with Jerusalem as the capital of both Israel and Palestine.
“There is no alternative to the two state solution. There is no Plan B,” Mr. Guterres said.
In his reaction, Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu commended Mr. Trump calling it a historic landmark.
He, like Mr. Trump, said the decision would not affect all persons right to worship in the holy places in Jerusalem.
“We are profoundly grateful to the president (Trump) for his courageous and just decision,” Mr. Netanyahu said.
Around the world people have condemned the move stating it was bad, with Palestinians Hamas Saying , Trump has opened the gate of hell