Despite warnings from Arab, Muslim and Western allies, the United States President instructed the State Department to start the process of moving the American embassy from Tel Aviv to the Holy City.
Mr Trump said ahead of the announcement that his call on Jerusalem was “long overdue” step to advance the peace process.
“I have determined that it’s time to officially recognise Jerusalem as the capital of Israel,” he said. “While previous presidents have made this a major campaign promise, they failed to deliver. Today, I am delivering.”
The united states allies like UK, France, Germany and Italy have called the decision a blunder. German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Wed that she and the German government didn’t support the United States’ position because “the status of Jerusalem is to be resolved in the framework of a two-state solution.”
British Prime Minister Theresa May called Donald Trump‘s call wasn’t serving to the prospects of peace in the region. French President Emmanuel macron called Trump’s decision “regrettable”.
Pope Francis said that he couldn’t stay silent on the issue and he wished that status quo of the city must be respected, “in accordance with the relevant resolutions of the UN.”
Israel was the only country that welcomed Trump’s call. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said it was “historic” and a “courageous and just decision”.