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Trump says Jerusalem is Israel's capital city






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Donald Trump has officially recognized that Jerusalem is the capital of Israel. This comes ahead of its embassy moving there. For decades, America's embassy has been in Tel Aviv. Mr Trump judged this decision, "to be in the best interests of the USA, and the pursuit of peace between Israel and the Palestinians". He added that saying Jerusalem is Israel's capital was, "nothing more or less than a recognition of reality".

The UN called the decision "a moment of great anxiety". It said: "There is no alternative to the two-state solution." Israel's Prime Minister said it was "a historic day" and thanked Mr Trump. A Palestinian leader said the decision was a "flagrant aggression" and "the official announcement of the end of the peace process." Another Palestinian said Mr Trump, "is declaring war in the Middle East". Israel's Haaretz newspaper said it would help Iran and ISIS.

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