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Israel Celebrates Trump’s Declaration about Jerusalem

Some Voices Also Raise Concerns Over Security

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7 Dec 2017 (All day)
Israel Celebrates Trump’s Declaration about Jerusalem
US President Donald Trump gave a televised address Wednesday afternoon at the White House in which he formally declared that the US recognizes Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. He has also given instructions to the State Department to begin firm planning for moving the US Embassy to Jerusalem as soon as possible. Israeli officials and the general public were widely supportive of the move, but there were also voices raising concerns over the potential backlash.

"Jerusalem is the capital the Jewish people established in ancient times," Trump said. "Today, Jerusalem is the seat of Israel's government. This is nothing more or less than a recognition of the reality."

He added some caveats however, with US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley insisting, in a separate statement, that the US is not “taking sides” and will continue attempting to oversee final status negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians

Here is the video of his full statement



Here is the video of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s response to the statement




Several other Israeli officials also praised the declaration, saying Wednesday was a “historic” day and comparing Trump to US President Harry Truman, who ordered the State Department to extend diplomatic recognition to Israel minutes after David Ben Gurion issued the Israeli Independence Declaration on 14 May, 1948.

Knesset Speaker Yuli Edelstein said, “Jerusalem was and will remain our eternal capital, but now there’s also recognition. I certainly welcome US President Donald Trump’s admission, and call on all the countries that see themselves as Israel’s friends to follow in his footsteps.” He added, in reference to threats made by Palestinian, Arab and Moslem leaders, “Citizens of Israel, we must believe in the righteousness of our path and not be alarmed by threats.”

However, some of Israel’s Arab Members of Knesset, as well as members of the far-Left Meretz Party, issued statements strongly denouncing Trump’s speech. Statements of “grave concern” also came from several Arab and European governments, while a handful of governments in Europe and Africa made supportive statements of intent to take the same diplomatic step in the near future.

 

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