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>> It is time to officially recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.>> Despite warnings from allies, US President Donald Trump on Wednesday officially announced his most controversial foreign policy decision to date. His recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and plans to relocate the US Embassy From Tel Aviv to the holy city.
>> I've judged this course of action to be in the best interest of the United States of America, and the pursuit of peace between Israel and the Palestinians.>> Reuter's Foreign Affairs Editor, Yara Bayoumy.>> We understand that the decision was a very controversial one, even within his administration.
US officials have told us that, for instance Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson and Secretary of Defence, Jim Mattis had both advised against this decision. Whereas Vice President, Mike Pence and the US ambassador to Israel were both strong proponents of it.>> Palestinian President, Mahmoud Abbas said Trump's decision which breaks with decades of US policy, was tantamount to the US abdicating its role as mediator for peace.
The Turkish government said it will spark, quote, a fire with no end in sight, and Pope Francis warned it would further inflame world conflicts. But Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu wasted no time to offer words of praise for the new policy.>> The president's decision is an important step towards peace.
For there is no peace that doesn't include Jerusalem as the capital of the State of Israel.>> The status of Jerusalem has long been one of thorniest issues in Mid East peace efforts. Israel considers it it's eternal and indivisible capital and wants all embassies based There. Palestinians want the eastern sector of the city to serve as the capital of an independent Palestinian state.
Trump's decision was a campaign pledge and is likely to please his core base of conservatives and the Evangelical Christians. The President acted under a 1995 law that required the US to move its embassy to Jerusalem. Past presidents had put off that decision to avoid inflaming tensions in the Middle East.