Jerusalem: Trump move prompts negative world reaction

| Updated Dec 07, 2017 at 11:18am



US President Donald Trump's decision to recognise Jerusalem as Israel's capital has been met with a wave of disapproval.

Leaders from within the Muslim world and from the wider international community were swift to criticize the move, with some warming of the potential for violence as a result.

Mr. Trump also approved moving the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, making America the first country in the world to officially recognise Jerusalem as Israel's capital. The status of Jerusalem lies at the heart of the long running Israeli Palestinian conflict, as the Palestinians claim East Jerusalem as the capital of their future state.

White House officials have said Mr. Trump's decision is a "recognition of current and historic reality" but is not a political statement, and will not change the physical and political borders of Jerusalem.