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World Netanyahu hails Trump's Jerusalem declaration as 'historic'

21:36  06 december  2017
21:36  06 december  2017 Source:   afp.com

Trump likely to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital next week: official

  Trump likely to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital next week: official U.S. President Donald Trump is likely to deliver a speech on Wednesday recognizing Jerusalem as Israel's capital, a senior U.S. official said on Friday, a move that could upend decades of American policy and further inflame tensions in the Middle East. Two administration officials said on Thursday that even as Trump was considering a controversial declaration of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, he was expected to again delay his campaign promise to move the U.S. embassy there from Tel Aviv.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu hailed US President Donald Trump ’ s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital on Wednesday as “ historic ” and a “courageous and just decision”. Netanyahu also pledged no change to the status quo at Jerusalem ’s highly sensitive holy sites in the city sacred to

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu hailed US President Donald Trump ' s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital on Wednesday as " historic " and a Netanyahu also pledged no change to the status quo at Jerusalem 's highly sensitive holy sites in the city sacred to Jews, Christians and Muslims.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu pledged no change to the status quo at Jerusalem's highly sensitive holy sites: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu released a video message after President Trump's announcement on Wednesday. © Provided by AFP Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu released a video message after President Trump's announcement on Wednesday.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu hailed U.S. President Donald Trump's recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital on Wednesday as "historic" and a "courageous and just decision."

Netanyahu also pledged no change to the status quo at Jerusalem's highly sensitive holy sites in the city sacred to Jews, Christians and Muslims.

"This is a historic day," Netanyahu said in a video message released immediately after Trump's speech.

"Jerusalem has been the capital of the Jewish people for 3,000 years. It's been the capital of Israel for nearly 70 years ... Jerusalem has been the focus of our hopes, our dreams, our prayers for three millennia."

"We're profoundly grateful for the president for his courageous and just decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and to prepare for the opening of the U.S. embassy here."

Netanyahu also called on "all countries that seek peace to join the United States in recognizing Jerusalem as Israel's capital and to move their embassies here."

EU rebuffs idea of recognizing Jerusalem as Netanyahu visits .
<p>Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu urged the European Union on Monday to back a new U.S. peace initiative in the Middle East, after President Donald Trump's unilateral decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital met with widespread condemnation and triggered clashes in the Palestinian territories.</p>Netanyahu, making the first official visit by an Israeli premier to the EU's Brussels headquarters in 22 years, told reporters that recognizing Jerusalem merely stated the reality on the ground. He said he expected many European countries to follow Trump's lead.

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