WASHINGTON: United States President Donald Trump will recognise Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and start the process of moving the US embassy from Tel Aviv to the holy city, a move against the long-held American principles which many Arab leaders warned could trigger more violence in the Middle East.
According to senior administration officials, Trump will make the major announcement along with his policy from the White House tonight.
“The President would say that the US government recognises that Jerusalem is the capital of Israel. He views this as recognition of historic reality,” a senior administration official told reporters.
“Jerusalem has been capital of Jewish people since ancient times and modern reality that it has been the seat of government, important ministries, its legislature, the Supreme court,” the official said, speaking on condition of anonymity.
In taking this action, Trump will fulfil a major campaign promise that has been made by a number of previous presidential candidates, another senior official said.