CAPITALS —AlGhad— US President Donald Trump has publicly recognised Jerusalem as Israel's capital to the world today, Wednesday, describing it a step “long overdue”, claiming it will advance the Middle East peace process.
In the wake of this ominous decision, president Trump said the US would support a two-state solution, if approved by both the Israelis and the Palestinians, according to the BBC.
Earlier, a spokesperson for Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas warned it would have "dangerous consequences" for the region.
Meanwhile, King Abdullah II of Jordan and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan met together in Turkey earlier today, to discuss the repercussions of Trump’s announcements.
In the meantime, according to the White House, preparations will be underway to expedite the relocation of the US embassy to the occupied city of Jerusalem.
Legally, any such measures are considered a violation of UN Charters on the occupied city, not to mention the threat it poses to the premise of peace, Jordan has reaffirmed.
Turkish President Erdogan has denounced the decision, stating it poses unfathomable perils to the stability of the region.
Later, Iran, Jordan, Bolivia, among many other countries around the world, as well as UN Secretary-General António Guterres have all denounced the decision as illegal.
However, speaking at the White House, Mr Trump said he had "judged this course of action to be in the best interests of the United States of America, and the pursuit of peace between Israel and the Palestinians".
East Jerusalem, which includes the Old City, was annexed by Israel after the Six Day War of 1967, but is not internationally recognised as part of Israel.
The decision comes despite the opposition of the US's allies in the Muslim world.
But moving the embassy fulfils a campaign promise and will appeal to Mr Trump's right-wing base.