washington - US President Donald Trump, as expected, recognized Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and said that the embassy would be moved to that city.
'I have decided that it is time to officially recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. While other presidents have failed, I am doing it today. This is in the interest of the United States, and in the interests of peace between Israel and the Palestinians, 'said Trump.
'Israel is a sovereign state, and has the right, like other sovereign states, to choose its own capital. '
Trump received a lot of criticism from mostly Arab countries when he announced on Tuesday that he would do so, but he continued on Wednesday.
Israel regards Jerusalem as its capital. The Palestinians see East Jerusalem, which is now occupied by Israel, as their capital. By recognizing the city as the capital of Israel, Trump throws oil on fire, finding many critics.