Donald Trump declares Jerusalem as Israel's capital, says 'we are finally acknowledging the obvious' [Photos]
Shattering decades of US neutrality, Donald Trump announced US recognised Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.
US president Donald Trump arrives at the Diplomatic Reception Room of the White House to speak on Wednesday. Shattering decades of US neutrality, Trump announced US' recognision of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. AP
Defying dire, worldwide warnings, Trump insisted that after repeated peace failures it was past time for a new approach, starting with what he said was his decision merely based on reality to recognise Jerusalem as the seat of Israel's government. AP
Donald Trump, accompanied by Vice-President Mike Pence, holds up a signed proclamation recognising Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. He also said the United States would move its embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, though he set no timetable. AP
"We cannot solve our problems by making the same failed assumptions and repeating the same failed strategies of the past," Trump said, brushing aside the appeals for caution from around the world. AP
A Palestinian refugee family watches a televised broadcast of the announcement, at a refugee camp, near Amman in Jordan. Trump's announcement sparked protests across the Arab world with Palestine president Mahmoud Abbas saying it signalled US withdrawal from being a peace mediator. Reuters
Trump said he wasn't delivering any verdict about where an Israeli-Palestinian border should lie. "Today we finally acknowledge the obvious," he said, emphasising that he wouldn't follow past presidents who tiptoed around Jerusalem out of diplomatic caution. AP