US to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital in world first

| Updated Dec 06, 2017 at 7:57am

 

 

US President Donald Trump will recognise Jerusalem as Israel's capital, senior administration officials have said.

He is due to announce the controversial decision in a speech on Wednesday.

Mr. Trump is also expected to approve moving the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, but not for several years.

Israel welcomes the changes but Arab leaders have warned against them, and Hamas, which controls Gaza, is calling for protests.

Arab leaders warned against moving the US embassy in Israel to Jerusalem, with one saying this would be "a flagrant provocation to Muslims".

Israel has always regarded Jerusalem as its capital city, while the Palestinians claim East Jerusalem as the capital of a future Palestinian state.

In recognizing Jerusalem as Israel's capital, the US becomes the first country to do so since the foundation of the state in 1948.

SOURCE: BBC News



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