Donald Trump this Wednesday chose to officially recognised Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and announced his decision to relocate the U.S. embassy there, a decision that will likely increase tensions in the region and destroy all potential peace negotiations.
Trump claimed that the move as “a long overdue step” to proceed with the Middle East peace process.
The ownership of the ancient city is one of the most controversial issues between Israel and the Palestinians.
Israel have declared Trump’s move as “historic” but there has been many international criticisms.
Trump claimed that the US will continue to support a two-state solution to the ongoing conflict, if it is permitted by both sides, which would see the reality of an independent Palestinian state living alongside Israel.
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas called Mr Trump’s announcement “deplorable”, saying the US could no longer be a peace broker+
“The record is in: after more than two decades of waivers, we are no closer to a lasting peace agreement between Israel and the Palestinians,” the president said. “It would be folly to assume that repeating the exact same formula would now produce a different or better result.”
The move signalled that Trump has a tendency to prioritize domestic politics over the desires of U.S. allies in the Middle East and Europe who have repeatedly warned that the act could spark violence in a region that is already set to blow.
And while speaking about his predecessors he said they “failed to deliver,” the president then stated. “Today, I am delivering.”
“Many presidents have said they want to do something and they didn’t do it. Whether it’s courage or they changed their mind, I can’t tell you,” Trump said, boasting himself as heroic.
Some say past presidents "lacked courage," Trump says. "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's also the right thing to do. It's something that has to be done."
— Jennifer Jacobs (@JenniferJJacobs) December 6, 2017