Washington, Dec. 6, 2017 - The U.S. Recognizes Jerusalem as Israel’s Capital, the US president Donald Trump said in a speech on Wednesday, adding that the US will move its embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. Mr. Trump expressed support for the two state solution to the Middle East problem if the two sides agree.
Trump maintained that his decision would not compromise the city’s geographic and political borders, which will still be determined by Israel and the Palestinians.
Trump also directed that the State Department begin the process of moving the U.S. Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem as required by U.S. law. Officials said, however, that the move will take years to complete.
The Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas rejected on Wednesday the U.S. recognition of Jerusalem as Israeli capital, saying the move 'violates all international and bilateral resolutions.'
French president Macron says Trump's Jerusalem move 'regrettable'
France rejected the “unilateral” decision while appealing for calm in the region. Britain said the move would not help peace efforts and Jerusalem should ultimately be shared by Israel and a future Palestinian state. Germany said Jerusalem’s status could only be resolved on the basis of a two-state solution.
In the wake of the announcement by the United States President recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres on Wednesday stressed that there is no alternative to the two-state solution and that Jerusalem is an issue that must be resolved through direct negotiations between the parties.
“In this moment of great anxiety, I want to make it clear: there is no alternative to the two-state solution.