Trump: US officially recognizes Jerusalem as Israel's capital

Associated Press

WASHINGTON (December 6, 2017) — President Donald Trump has made it official: the United States now recognizes Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and the U.S. embassy will be moved there from Tel Aviv.

He said in a White House speech that he's "determined that it is time to officially recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel." Trump says he's deemed this change to be in America's interests. (Watch video)

The president says the decision "marks the beginning of a new approach to conflict between Israel and the Palestinians."

President Trump also reminded Americans that he is simply doing exactly what other American presidents have promised to do for the last 20 years and then refused to carry out their promise.

Israel’s prime minister calls it a “historic day” — following President Donald Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.

More reactions here ...

"I personally believe that we will see tangible evidence of God's blessing on President Trump and our nation for recognizing Jerusalem as Israel's capital and starting the move to relocate our embassy. I can't prove it, but I believe it. We shall see."

Dr. Michael L. Brown
FIRE School of Ministry

"Israel is the only nation in the world with whom we have diplomatic relations where we have not placed the U.S. embassy in the capital of that nation. For some reason, past presidents over the years – both Republicans and Democrats – have done a 'carve out' around Jerusalem and said somehow if we move our embassy we've chosen sides. And they think that's going to be deemed as a determent to a two-state solution or to bring peace in that part of the world. So it's common sense that we move it."

"I appreciate bold leadership – and that's exactly what the president of the United States is exemplifying. Jerusalem is the capital. It cannot be divided like the child before King Solomon. We need to move forward. If that was the sticking point all along to the so-called two-state solution, then in fact peace was nothing but an illusion."

Janet Parshall
Moody Radio's "In the Market"

"I do think that America would be greatly blessed in some way, based on Genesis 12:3. Will it happen? Time will tell. Personally I think that [Vice President] Mike Pence's evangelical Christianity is playing a role in influencing Donald Trump. And I know some of the [president's] evangelical advisory board members, and I know they're advising him to do this."

Jan Markell
Olive Tree Ministries

Benjamin Netanyahu says in a statement that Israel is “profoundly grateful” and that Trump’s announcement is an “important step toward peace.”

The Israeli leader says his country “will continue to work with the president and his team to make that dream of peace come true."

World leaders have warned that the move could inflame tensions in the volatile Mideast.

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