It’s official. The United Staes will recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. Donald Trump is expected to make the announcement today, and reveal his plans to move the embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.
The decision comes after multiple allies have warned Trump against it due to extremely high tensions between Israel and Palestine.
See, the issue with Jerusalem is that both Israel and Palestine claim that Jerusalem is their land. So, for as long as anyone can remember, there’s essentially been an invisible barrier down Jerusalem where Palestine stays on one side and Israel on the other. The holy sites were split on the basis that Palestinians would have sovereignty over the Temple Mount/Noble sanctuary, while the Israelis would have sovereignty over the Western Wall.
Anyway, Trump announcing that Jerusalem is the capital of Israel made raise tensions even more between the neighboring people. However, Trump says he is still open to the possibility of a two-state solution to attempt to bring peace between Israel and Palestine. Trump has also noted that final borders of Israel and a future Palestinian state remain subject to negotiations.
According to Politico, Trump will not declare that Jerusalem must be the “undivided” capital of Israel. Because unfortunately, it really is divided.
Trump official said:
“While President Trump recognizes that the status of Jerusalem is a highly sensitive issue, he does not think it will be resolved by ignoring the simple truth that Jerusalem is home to Israel’s legislature, its supreme court and the prime minister, and as such is the capital of Israel. Delaying the recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel has done nothing to achieve peace for more than two decades.”
Maybe this really can bring conversations of peace?