Trump to name Jerusalem Israel’s capital, plans to move embassy

Trump to name Jerusalem Israel’s capital, plans to move embassy

- The United States president Donald Trump will be recognising Jerusalem as the capital of Israel today, December 6

- Trump also plans to move United States embassy in Tel Aviv to Jerusalem

- Leaders in the Middle East have warned Trump against his plans

The president of the United States of America, Donald Trump, will recognise Jerusalem as the capital of Israel today, according to senior White House officials.

Aljazeera reports that the officials said in a briefing that Trump will make the announcement today.

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NAIJ.com gathered that Trump is aware of the fact that moving the embassy will take years. As a result of this, Trump will continue to sign the six-month waiver to keep the embassy in Tel Aviv until the relocation process is complete.

President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi of Egypt, in a statement, cautioned President Trump against taking measures that would undermine the chances of peace in the Middle East.

In the same vein, Jordan's King Abdullah II told Trump that such a decision would have dangerous repercussions on the stability and security of the region.

On Tuesday, December 5, Turkish President, Recep Tayyib Erdogan, threatened to cut diplomatic ties with Israel if Trump moves the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, calling it a red line for Muslims.

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However, US officials have said Trump remains committed to achieving a lasting peace agreement between the Israelis and Palestinians, adding that the US president is optimistic that peace can be achieved.

NAIJ.com had previously reported that there seemed to be global confusion and anxiety following a move by President Donald Trump of the United States to recognise Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

This move, which was confirmed by the White House, could hurt Palestine and cause anger among its supporters across the world. The Independent reports that Trump was making this consideration the same time he was also thinking of moving the US embassy in Tel Aviv to Jerusalem too.

The report further said Trump’s decision could reverse the precedent established by his predecessors.

According to the report, if Trump decides to recognise Jerusalem as Israel's capital, “it is widely believed that it could imperil current relationships in the region and damage the president's chances of brokering a peace deal between Israel and Palestine.

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