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Trump Recognizes Jerusalem as Israel's Capital

The President also announced plans to relocate the US embassy there from Tel Aviv.

WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump recognized Jerusalem as Israel's capital on Wednesday and announced plans to relocate the US embassy there.

"I have determined that it is time to officially recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel," Trump said from White House's Diplomatic Reception Room. "After more than two decades of waivers, we are no closer to a lasting peace agreement between Israel and the Palestinians."

"Today, I am delivering," Trump said, referencing his campaign promise.

In calls with Trump on Tuesday, Arab leaders in the region and French President Emmanuel Macron expressed deep misgivings about Trump's move and urged him to reconsider.

Trump's decision, previewed Tuesday by senior administration officials, upends decades of policy from successive Republican and Democratic administrations that have said the status of Jerusalem should be left up to a final status agreement negotiated between Israelis and Palestinians.

(Photo by David Silverman/Getty Images.)


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