Trump Declares Jerusalem the Capital of Israel

Controversial move comes despite protests from Arab world
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Dec 6, 2017 12:41 PM CST
Updated Dec 6, 2017 4:25 PM CST
President Trump, accompanied by Vice President Mike Pence, speaks in the Diplomatic Reception Room of the White House, Wednesday, Dec. 6, 2017.   (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

(Newser) – Defying dire, worldwide warnings, President Trump on Wednesday broke with decades of US and international policy by recognizing Jerusalem as Israel's capital. Trump declared that he was ending an approach that for decades has failed to advance the prospects for peace, per the AP. "I have determined that it is time to officially recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel," he said in a White House address, calling it "overdue" and in the best interests of the US. He said recognition acknowledged the "obvious"—that Jerusalem is the seat of Israel's government despite the disputed status that is one of the key elements in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. "This is nothing more or less than the recognition of reality," Trump said. Here's what else you need to know:

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