As well as tearing up nearly 70 years of U.S. policy, Wednesday's announcement by President Trump also defied warnings from leaders from around the world that the gesture could further drive a wedge between Israel and (the ' ') Palestine.
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"I have determined that it is time to officially recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. While previous presidents have made this a major campaign promise they failed to deliver. Today, I am delivering. I've judged this course of action to be in the best interests of the United States of America and the pursuit of peace between Israel and the Palestinians."
Trump also said his administration would begin a process of moving the U.S. embassy in Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, which is expected to take years.
In Israel, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said his nation was "profoundly grateful" and President Trump's announcement was an "important step toward peace."
However, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said that the U.S. shift "is a declaration of withdrawal from the role it has played in the peace process."
He also warned of "dangerous consequences".
In Gaza, hundreds of Palestinian protesters burned American and Israeli flags and waved banners proclaiming Jerusalem as their "eternal capital," language that Israelis similarly use.
Even America's closest allies in Europe, including Germany and France, questioned the wisdom of Trump's departure from Washington's long-standing neutral position over the sovereignty of the city.
Jerusalem is home to sites sacred to Muslims, Jews and Christians and its status is one of the thorniest obstacles to reaching a peace deal between Israel and ( the) Palestine.
The international community does not recognize Israeli sovereignty over the entire city, believing its status should be resolved through negotiations.
The U.S. would be only country to move its embassy away Tel Aviv.
Meanwhile, it is reported that eight UN Security Council members have called for an emergency meeting on the U.S. decision by Friday.
Ro Aram, Arirang News.