Trump recognizes Jerusalem as Israeli capital

President Trump signs order on Jerusalem in the Diplomatic Room of the White House in Washington. (Reuters)

United States President Donald Trump recognized the disputed city of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital Wednesday, a historic decision that overturns decades of US policy and risks triggering a fresh spasm of violence in the Middle East.

“I have determined that it is time to officially recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel,” the US leader said in a speech from the White House.

Trump’s announcement plunges the United States into a decades-long dispute over a city considered holy by Jews, Muslims and Christians, and flies in the face of warnings from US allies and leaders across the Middle East.

Palestinians watch a televised broadcast of Trump delivering an address where he is expected to announce that the United States recognises Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, in Jerusalem's Old City. (Reuters)

Last Update: Wednesday, 6 December 2017 KSA 21:46 - GMT 18:46

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