Trump Keeps Campaign Promise: Announces Jerusalem as Israel’s Capital

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Trump Keeps Campaign Promise Announces Jerusalem as Israels Capital
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Keeping yet another campaign promise, President Donald Trump made an announcement Wednesday that has sent shockwaves throughout the world: In the eyes of the United States, Trump declared, Jerusalem is the official capital of Israel.

Overlooked by a painting of George Washington in the White House Diplomatic Reception Room, Trump began his statement to a room full of reporters with, “Old challenges demand new approaches.”

“It is time to officially recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel,” he said.

He continued by adding that Israel has the right, as a nation, to choose its own capital.

The president doubled down by saying, “Acknowledging this is a fact, is a necessary condition for achieving peace.”

Trump also said that, in keeping with a campaign promise, he has instructed the State Department to begin the transition to move the U.S. Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

At the end of his speech, President Trump continued to call for peace in the region.

This announcement, however, hasn’t been without controversy. The terrorist group Hamas, according to Fox News, has denounced this decision and called for a “Day of Rage” in protest.

In a statement, Hamas declared: “We call on the people of Palestine to declare ‘rage day’ on Friday against Israel, denying the U.S. plan to move its embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem and to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.”

These threats from the Palestinians haven’t deterred or softened Trump’s determination, however. Moving the embassy to Jerusalem was a promise he made to the people of the United States, and it’s a promise he’s keeping.

When the embassy is moved, it will be the only embassy located in Jerusalem out of the 86 embassies located in Israel.

In his address Wednesday, Trump called moving the facility an important step forward in developing peace in the Middle East.

“This is a long overdue step to advance the peace process and to work towards a lasting agreement,” he said.

Jerusalem is, without a doubt, Israel’s legitimate capital.

What Trump announced Wednesday took guts, and something that other American presidents didn’t have the stomach to do. We applaud Trump for both his pro-Israel stance in general and for keeping his campaign promise in this case specifically.

For 70 years, Israel has been a friend and ally of the United States, and Trump just solidified that relationship for years to come.

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