President Trump Announces Plan to Move U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem

President Donald Trump recognized Jerusalem as Israel’s capital on Wednesday and announced plans to relocate the US embassy there, a move expected to inflame tensions in the region and unsettle the prospects for peace.

“I have determined that it is time to officially recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel,” Trump said from White House’s Diplomatic Reception Room. “After more than two decades of waivers, we are no closer to a lasting peace agreement between Israel and the Palestinians.”

The move signaled a willingness on Trump’s part to prioritize fulfilling a campaign promise over the consensus among US allies in the region and beyond that the decision could stymie the peace process and increase security risks in a region that is already on edge.

“Today, I am delivering,” Trump said, referencing his campaign promise.

In calls with Trump on Tuesday, Arab leaders in the region and French President Emmanuel Macron expressed deep misgivings about Trump’s move and urged him to reconsider.

Trump’s decision, previewed Tuesday by senior administration officials, upends decades of policy from successive Republican and Democratic administrations that have said the status of Jerusalem should be left up to a final status agreement negotiated between Israelis and Palestinians.

Trump said Wednesday he is ordering the State Department “to begin preparations to move the embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.”

But senior officials said he will again sign a waiver to keep the US embassy in Tel Aviv for the time being as they estimate it will take years before a new embassy can open in Jerusalem.

Trump said his order to the State Department will begin the process of hiring architects and building contractors to build an embassy that will be a “magnificent tribute to peace.”

16 comments

  • the answer

    The orange-faced, super liar doesn’t have a clue about world affairs or diplomacy, he’s very dumb and it makes you wonder how he made all those billions. By the way, hows the mexican funded wall doing,and the new jobs in the coal industry, and draining the swamp. The stock market recent gains were in part due to the previous last year of obama’s term and it’s already starting to slow down because of apprehension over the Tax plan that favors only the top 1%.

  • get real

    trump coudn’t find israel on a map of israel. He “does” what he’s told to do. He doesn’t give a damn about anything or anyone but himself and his profits. He certainly finds you NEPA poor people filthy and disgusting (but laughs at your gullibility).

  • Jeff Woehrle

    The terrorists are so upset they say that they will start killing Christians.

    Oh wait…they’ve already been doing that…

  • Nikky girl

    He hit the nail on the head. More than 2 decades of negotiations and we are no closer to a peace agreement. Time to move on.

  • 🤔

    All I know is God will bless those that bless Israel and curse them who curse Israel, and I see Pres. Trump is blessing Israel. Good job President Trump!!

    • lookback

      So “that’s all you know”, perhaps trying for that GED will fill your mind with more than a single thought and you will then know more. Ignorance is bliss for some, Trump does like the poorly educated, they are easily manipulated.

      • 🤔

        I did graduate from high school. I was just paraphrasing a Bible verse. Get a clue look back. I’m not stupid or anything. Far from it. And far from ignorant. Looks like you have no clue. Try reading God’s word and see what he has to say about his chosen people ( Jewish people)

  • Alexandra

    Imagine that! Actually a President that does what he says he’s going to do! Oh and what’s that? Stock market highest it’s ever been, record low unemployment and about 50 other achievements the fakestream media doesn’t report about.

  • trucker

    Accurate headline, thanks WNEP :)
    Better then NPR’s headline “President Trump Declares Jerusalem Israel’s Capital”
    Message to Angela Merkel: “Go ahead, say something stupid”

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