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Jerusalem to be Israel's Capital : US

Jerusalem to be Israel's Capital : US

US President Donald Trump has decided to acknowledge ‘Jerusalem’ as the capital of Israel and thereafter, move the American Embassy to the capital, a step that could potentially destroy his efforts to break peace between Israel and the Palestinians.

Trump’s decision, considered a high-risk foray into the Middle East, was influenced not by diplomatic calculations but by a campaign promise that he made. He even made an appeal to evangelicals and ardently pro-Israel American Jews last year with a vow to move the embassy and since then he was focused to keep his word.

But the US president faced with a deadline of this past Monday to make that decision and he has decided to sign a national security waiver to keep the embassy in Tel Aviv for another six months, even as he set in motion a plan to move it to Jerusalem.