17th December 05:49 AM
Trump to move US embassy in Israel to Jerusalem
By Vijay Narayan
Thursday 07/12/2017
Protesters out in the streets of Jerusalem

US President Donald Trump's announcement that the United States recognises Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and that it will move its embassy to the holy city has been widely condemned.

In doing so, Trump is breaking with longtime US policy and potentially threatening regional stability, despite warnings from Western and Arab allies.

Trump's decision was a campaign promise on the US election trail, but could possibly drive a wedge between Israel and the Palestinians.

Globally, the move has been condemned, with Turkey, Egypt and Iran rejecting Trump's move.

Even the Pope has voiced deep concern over the plan.

There has long been pressure from pro‑Israel politicians in the United States to move its embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, and Trump made it a signature promise of his campaign during the 2016 presidential election.

It is a decision that will likely be popular with many conservative and evangelical Christians in his political base. Many of them support political recognition of Israel's claim to the city.

Jerusalem is a city that is sacred to Judaism, Christianity and Islam, and each has sites of great religious significance there.

It has been fought over for millennia by its inhabitants, by invading Romans, Crusaders, Ottomans and the British Empire, and by the modern states of Israel and its Arab neighbours.

Israel's government regards Jerusalem as the eternal capital of the country, although that is not recognised internationally.

Palestinians feel equally strongly, saying that East Jerusalem must be the capital of an eventual Palestinian state.

The city even has different names.

Jews call it Jerusalem, or Yerushalayim, and Arabs call it Al‑Quds, which means "The Holy".

Source: Reuters

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