“This is nothing more or less than a recognition of reality,” Trump said.

President Donald Trump formally recognized Jerusalem as Israel’s capital in a historic speech on Wednesday.

“This is nothing more or less than a recognition of reality,” Trump said from the White House’s Diplomatic Reception Room. “It is also the right thing to do. It’s something that has to be done.”

He also announced his decision to relocate the US Embassy in Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, which will take a few years as there is currently no site or design for the building.

You can read the president’s full speech below.


Thank you.

When I came into office, I promised to look at the world’s challenges with open eyes and very fresh thinking. We cannot solve our problems by making the same failed assumptions and repeating the same failed strategies of the past. All challenges demand new approaches.

My announcement today marks the beginning of a new approach to conflict between Israel and the Palestinians. In 1995, Congress adopted the Jerusalem Embassy Act urging the federal government to relocate the American embassy to Jerusalem and to recognize that that city — and so importantly — is Israel’s capital.

This act passed Congress by an overwhelming bipartisan majority, and was reaffirmed by unanimous vote of the Senate only six months ago. Yet for over 20 years, every previous American president has exercised the law’s waiver, refusing to move the US embassy to Jerusalem or to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital city.

Presidents issued these waivers under the belief that delaying the recognition of Jerusalem would advance the cause of peace. Some say they lacked courage, but they made their best judgments based on facts as they understood them at the time.

Nevertheless, the record is in. After more than two Read More Here