President Trump has officially recognised Jerusalem as the capital of Israel despite warnings
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The agreements is expected to mark the beginning of the US embassy move from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. Trump reaffirmed the move will not hinder his administration's efforts in resolving the ongoing Israel-Palestine conflict. He said, "Israel is a sovereign nation with the right, like every other sovereign nation, to determine its own capital", adding that, "acknowledging this fact is a necessary condition to achieving peace." The move, confirmed by senior administration officials on Tuesday, goes against the longstanding international consensus to refrain from recognising Jerusalem as the capital until Israel reaches a peace agreement with Palestine. The recognition fulfils a key campaign pledge Trump made in 2016 in a speech to the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, a powerful pro-Israel lobbying group. Israel's Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, praised Trump's decision. He called for all countries to join Trump in recognising Jerusalem as Israel's capital, adding, "The President's decision is an important step towards peace, for there is no peace that doesn't include Jerusalem as the capital of the State of Israel." On Tuesday, senior Trump officials said the move does not have a positive or negative impact on the peace process. The French President, Emmanuel Macron, said the decision was "regrettable", and the move goes against "all international law and all the resolutions of the UN security council." Vice-President Mike Pence and the US ambassador to Israel David Friedman are in favour of the move. Both secretaries of defence and state have spoken out about the potential disruptive impact of the decision. At present, 86 countries have embassies in Tel Aviv and the US will be the first country to move its embassy to Jerusalem.
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