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Trump admits Jerusalem as capital of Israel

NEWS DESK- USA President Donald Trump said on Wednesday that the United States admit Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and will move its embassy there amid angry reactions from Arab and international countries, while the Czech Republic supported the Trump decision.

Donald Trump signed the decree to transfer the US embassy to Jerusalem and was admitted as a capital of Israel in defiance of warnings around the world that the move would increase unrest in the Middle East.

Trump described the move as a “very late step” to advance the Middle East peace process and work towards a permanent agreement.

At the same time, the US president affirmed that the United States supports the two-state solution if approved by the Israelis and the Palestinians. He stressed that the decision to transfer the embassy does not mean that Washington’s commitments to achieve a permanent peace will be stopped, but that all problems can not be solved by the same failed approach the Palestinian-Israeli conflict.

In response to Trump’s decision, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas rejected Trump’s declaration as a “declaration of Washington’s withdrawal from the role it played in the past decades in sponsoring the peace process.”

Jordan rejected the US decision and said it was “legally invalid because it enshrines Israel’s occupation of the Arab part of the disputed city.”

German chancellor Angela Merkel said on Wednesday Germany did not support Trump’s to admit Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu praised the Trump declaration as a “historic event” and urged other countries to move their embassies to the city.

Czech Republic, a member of the European Union, said on Wednesday in a foreign ministry statement that it supported US president Donald Trump’s decision to admit West Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, noting that Jerusalem is “the capital of a future Palestinian state as well.”

Trump acts under a 1995 law requiring the United States to transfer the US embassy to Jerusalem. His predecessors Bill Clinton, George. Bush and Barack Obama postponed that decision to avoid escalation in the Middle East.

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