Trump honours decade old promise

He did what others promised but failed to deliver.

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President Trump recognises Jerusalem
President Donald J Trump - Credit: Evening Standard

President Trump has honoured a decade old promise, made by former president’s Obama, Bush & Clinton to recognise Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

The move has been welcomed by Israeli president Benjamin Netanyahu, but has also been criticised around the world by leaders such as Theresa May who said:

“We believe it is unhelpful in terms of prospects for peace in the region. The British Embassy to Israel is based in Tel Aviv and we have no plans to move it.

“Our position on the status of Jerusalem is clear and long-standing: it should be determined in a negotiated settlement between the Israelis and the Palestinians, and Jerusalem should ultimately be the shared capital of the Israeli and Palestinian states.

“In line with relevant Security Council Resolutions, we regard East Jerusalem as part of the Occupied Palestinian Territories.”

Unfortunately violence has been rife in the West Bank and Gaza.

Protesters can be seen setting fire to Israeli and American flags.