Trump to recognise Jerusalem as Israel's Capital: White House

Washington, Dec 6 (PTI): US President Donald Trump will recognise Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and will direct the State Department to initiate the process of moving the American embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, according to senior administration officials.

According to senior administration officials, Trump is expected to make the announcement along with his policy at about 1 pm (local time) on Wednesday (11.30 pm IST).

"The President would say that the US government recognises that Jerusalem is the capital of Israel. He views this as recognition of historic reality. Jerusalem has been capital of Jewish people since ancient times and modern reality that it has been the seat of government, important ministries, its legislature, the Supreme court," a senior administration official told reporters on the eve of Trump's much anticipated announcement on Jerusalem.

In his remarks, Trump will also direct the State Department to initiate the process of moving the US Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

Noting that finding appropriate land and construction of a new embassy would take at least a couple of years, officials said Trump would continue to give waiver as required by the Congress -- for not moving its diplomatic mission to Jerusalem.

In taking this action, another senior administration official said, Trump will fulfill a major campaign promise that has been made by a number of previous presidential candidates.
Trump's action enjoys broad bipartisan support in the Congress.

Such a move which is being opposed by the countries in the Middle East, is unlikely to have an impact on the two- state solution to the Israel-Palestine conflict, the official said.
"Trump remains committed to achieving a lasting peace agreement between the Palestinians and Israel, and is optimistic that peace can be achieved," the official said, adding that not recognising Jerusalem as capital of Israel has done nothing to achieve peace for more than two decades.

Trump, the official said, recognises that the specific boundaries of Israeli sovereignty are subject to final status negotiations.

Responding to questions, senior administration officials said the President believes that this would have no impact on the peace process.

He believes that the deal is within reach and can be achieved.
Earlier, Trump spoke over phone with a number of world leaders in the Middle East to share his decision on Jerusalem, the White House said.

Trump spoke separately with Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Palestine President Mahmoud Abbas, King Abdullah II of Jordan, President Abdel Fattah Al Sisi of Egypt, and King Salman Bin Abdulaziz Al Saud of Saudi Arabia.

"This announcement does not change US policy over these specific borders," the senior administration official said, while another official asserting that the President is not taking a decision that affects any of the boundaries and sovereignty.

Trump's anticipated announcement received mixed message from lawmakers.
Senator Ted Cruz described this as a "historical" announcement.

"I strongly encourage and would unequivocally support President Trump formally recognising Jerusalem as Israel's capital and beginning the important process of moving our embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem," he said.

Meanwhile, Senator Bernie Sanders said he is extremely concerned by reports that Trump plans to recognise Jerusalem as the Israeli capital.

"There's a reason why all past US administrations have avoided making this move, and why leaders from all over the world, including a group of former Israeli ambassadors, have warned Trump against doing it. It would dramatically undermine the prospects for an Israeli-Palestinian peace agreement, and severely, perhaps irreparably, damage the US' ability to broker that peace," Sanders said.

"What the US should be doing now is bringing adversaries in the middle east together to seek common solutions, not exacerbating tensions in this highly volatile region," he said.

Shibley Telhami, Anwar Sadat professor for peace and development, University of Maryland told PBS newspaper that it is a historic development.

"It's huge historically, because not only has the US not recognised Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, but really historically the international community has seen Jerusalem as very different. In fact, even West Jerusalem wasn't recognised by the US, in part because there was some international status and vision for Jerusalem historically," Telhami said.

Meanwhile, the State Department warned US embassies around the world to prepare for possible protests and violence and banned travel by government employees and their families to Jerusalem's Old City and the West Bank.

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  • Confused, Mangaluru

    Thu, Dec 7 2017

    Many people commenting here do not know that Arabs (now known as Palestinians, Jordanians, Egyptians - depending on the geographical location) were living in the area long before Jews migrated to the current location of Israel.

    But Arabs were not literate, so they do not have much of a written history.

    There are place names in the New Testament during the time of Jesus which are Arabic (e.g. Bethlehem).

    So, without knowing the history, siding with a particular party is inappropriate.

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  • Maria, Moodbidri

    Thu, Dec 7 2017

    Long ovedue. God bless President Trump

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  • moshu, mangaluru

    Wed, Dec 6 2017

    Its just like BJP appeasing its voters on Ramandir issues which is a lie.Here Trump also lying Jews like other leaders did in the past which is also mission impossible. Both BJP and USA leaders are playing games for their self interest. Poor bakhts from both sides are in day dreams. All the best

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  • Valerian Dsouza, Udupi/Mumbai

    Wed, Dec 6 2017

    Historically Jerusalem was capital of Jewish people since ancient times.
    Trump will fulfill a major campaign promise that has been made.
    It's very unfortunate that there is strong opposition to the move and possible repercussions.

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  • AndhBhakth, Pandora

    Thu, Dec 7 2017

    Historically there was no Israel.

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  • Valerian Dsouza, Udupi/Mumbai

    Thu, Dec 7 2017

    History that I read there was Israel, Palestine, Jordan, Egypt, Syria and many more.

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  • Richard, India

    Wed, Dec 6 2017

    Jerusalem always belonged to Israel. Donald Trump is the first person with guts and courage to do the right thing without yielding to lies and deception passed on from generations . Hope India too will endorse.

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  • Ahmed, Bangalore

    Wed, Dec 6 2017

    These American retards dont want peace on earth.... They want many Muslims to follow the path of the terrorism with their evil policies..... When Al-Qaida was over they came up with ISIL and now when ISIL is going into existence, creating another mess......Such move by America pretending as Father of the world will create a great mess in the coming days..... Apart from Jews, Jerusalem Masjid E Aqsa which the Quran terms was the first Qibla of Muslims and Quran also speaks that it was built by Sulaiman (Solomon) and Quran call these men as Messengers of God, so it cannot be declared as Jewish alone.

    These guys need to refer each Religious books (Torah, Zabur (Deuteronomy, Injeel (Bible) and Quran) the books of God which was sent to respective generations, before these guys decide something.

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  • hemanth, bangalore

    Wed, Dec 6 2017

    Build refugee centers and hospitals in Jerusalem.

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  • David Pais, Mangalore

    Thu, Dec 7 2017

    accommodate rohiyangya refuges camps in mathura.

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  • Swamy, Mangalore

    Wed, Dec 6 2017

    That makes sense. Jewish people have historic claim over Jerusalem from ancient times as it is thier origin. Christians and Muslims other than religious symbol no other particular claim. Christian may have some edge because Christ was a Jew and was born, brought up and died there and all his mission took place there.

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  • Ramesh S, MANGALORE

    Wed, Dec 6 2017

    ..For Israelis its capital is always Jerusalem, but only other countries didnt recognise for them its TEL AVIV..its fact that the countries which jointly attacked Israel 3 decades agao, now struggling for survival..its only matter of time for LEBANON to collapse, wait for it..

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  • Gilbert, Udupi/Kuwait

    Wed, Dec 6 2017

    TRUMP should avoid this decision like the past Presidents of USA. He will create more enemies in the Arab World from most Governments as well as Muslims in general.

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  • David Pais, Mangalore

    Wed, Dec 6 2017

    bethlehem should b with christians. i hail trump's decision of recognizing israel's capital jerusalem.

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  • Reshmi Salian, Mangalore

    Wed, Dec 6 2017

    Right move and in the right direction. Jerusalem is Israel's capital. Need to see the reaction from 56 inch Indian PM.

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  • Daniel, Mangalore

    Wed, Dec 6 2017

    OK good. Next recognize Palestine capital too, hamas agree or not.

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  • Chris, Tel Aviv

    Wed, Dec 6 2017

    Very good move . God will bless America . It's time to throw Palestinians back to jordan and Syria Israel for Jews alone .

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  • Don, Mangalore

    Thu, Dec 7 2017

    I agree with what you are saying except you cannot say Israel is for Jews alone, because in Israel there are Christians & Muslims who were born there, where do you want them to go?

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  • mohan sr., Mangalore

    Wed, Dec 6 2017

    All countries should recognize jerusalem as israels capital........ ...

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    Wed, Dec 6 2017

    India also Should recognise Jerusalem as Israel's Capital.

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  • Karthik Karkera, Maryhill Mangalore

    Wed, Dec 6 2017

    Yes, I agree, but the fear is backlash from Middle east

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