President Trump confirms US will recognize Jerusalem as capital of Israel

In this July 25, 2017 file photo, Jerusalem's Old City is seen trough a door with the shape of star of David. Turkey and the Palestinians have warned of dire diplomatic repercussions in the Middle East if President Donald Trump goes ahead with a possible recognition of the hotly contested Jerusalem as Israel's capital. The Arab League with almost two dozen member states was to discuss the controversy later Tuesday, Dec. 5, 2017. (AP Photo/Oded Balilty, File)

WASHINGTON (NBC News) – President Trump announced Wednesday that the United States will officially recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and begin work to relocate the U.S. embassy currently situated in Tel Aviv.

“This is nothing more than a recognition of reality. It is also the right thing to do,” Mr. Trump said.

Palestinians also consider Jerusalem their capital.

The plan has drawn international condemnation and breaks decades of precedent during which the United States did not take sides in the dispute over Jerusalem.

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