WASHINGTON, DC, NNC - United States (US) President Donald Trump on Wednesday (6/12/2017) announced that the United States is now recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.
Trump refers to this step as a "late step" to improve the peace process in the Middle East.
If this move is approved by Israel and Palestine, the United States will support this two-state solution
Speaking at the White House, President Trump said he had "assessed this action for the best interests of the United States, and efforts to bring about peace between Israel and the Palestine".
Trump said he was in charge of the US State Department to make arrangements to move the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.
Jerusalem is a sacred site for the three major monotheistic religions of the world.
East Jerusalem, which includes the Old City, was annexed by Israel after the Six Day War of 1967, but not internationally recognized as part of Israel.
The decision came despite opposition from US’ allies in the Muslim world.
The recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital is one of Donald Trump's promises in the US presidential election.
Following the announcement, President Trump signed a postponement letter for the transfer of the American Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem for the next six months.
He also admitts that the recognition will lead to disagreement and rejection. But Trump said what he did would help to resolve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
The United States will be the only country to open a diplomatic mission in Jerusalem that remains a disputed territory.