Trump recognizes Jerusalem as Israeli capital

Baku, December 6, AZERTAC

The U.S. is formally recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, President Donald Trump announced Wednesday brushing aside broad-based international opposition, according to Anadolu Agency.

He is also directing the State Department to initiate the relocation of the American embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, which is claimed by Israelis and Palestinians. The move is expected to take a number of years.

"My announcement today marks the beginning of a new approach to conflict between Israel and the Palestinians," Trump said during a public address from the Diplomatic Reception Room at the White House.

“There will of course be disagreement and dissent regarding this announcement -- but we are confident that ultimately, as we work through these disagreements, we will arrive at a place of greater understanding and cooperation,” he said. "This is nothing more or less than a recognition of reality."