Up till now, Israelis and Palestinians have claimed Jerusalem to be their capital. While fulfilling one of his campaign promises, in a historic move, President Donald Trump on Wednesday recognized the disputed city of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. In his own words: “My announcement today marks the beginning of a new approach to conflict between Israel and the Palestinians,” …”I have determined that it is time to officially recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.”
Trump added that unlike other past U.S Presidents who have all promised but failed to deliver on this issue, he (Trump) is delivering on it and it is the right thing to do.
Trump also said that the U.S embassy will now be moved from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. As at now, no country in the world has it’s embassy in Jerusalem as it is the secret ground for the three major religion in the world and there is the possibility of clashes occurring between religious fanatics from time to time.
Although moving the U.S embassy to Jerusalem may take some years but the effect of Trump’s announcement can already be seen. For instance, Palestinians have called for three days of protests.
Hundreds of Palestinians could be seen burning US and Israeli flags as well as pictures of Trump in the Gaza Strip. Turkish President, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, has also called for a summit of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) to look into the issue.
During the Six Days War which took place in 1967, Israel seized the largely Arab eastern sector of Jerusalem and later annexed it. The Palestinians on the other hand want the eastern sector of Jerusalem as the capital of their future state.