On Wednesday, President Donald Trump recognized Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.
“I have determined that it is time to officially recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel,” Trump said during an 11-minute long speech from the White House.
He added: “The record is in: after more than two decades of waivers, we are no closer to a lasting peace agreement between Israel and the Palestinians. It would be folly to assume that repeating the exact same formula would now produce a different or better result.”
Trump also boasted his actions today fulfilled a campaign promise.
“While previous presidents have made this a major campaign promise, they failed to deliver,” Trump said. “Today, I am delivering.”
Yet, while Trump’s announcement is sure to inflame tensions in the Middle East, it actually did little to change the status quo.
While Trump announced plans to move the embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, he established no firm date for the move.
In addition, the official White House position still does not establish firm boundaries for Jerusalem, offer a change of policy for the Temple Mount/Haram al Sharif or negate a commitment to the 2-state solution.
Trump’s announcement is expected to set off days of protests in Gaza and the Middle East.
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