Trump Recognizes Jerusalem as Israels Capital and Orders U.S …

Instead, Mr. Trump emphasized the domestic political dimension of the decision. He noted that he had promised to move the embassy during the 2016 presidential campaign, and added, While previous presidents have made this a major campaign promise, they failed to deliver. Today, I am delivering.

Though he did not mention it, Mr. Trump signed the same national security waiver signed by his predecessors, from Barack Obama to George W. Bush to Bill Clinton, which will allow the administration to keep the embassy in Tel Aviv for an additional six months. White House officials said that was unavoidable because it would take several years to move the embassy staff to a new facility in Jerusalem.

There will of course, be disagreement and dissent regarding this announcement, the president said. He appealed for calm, for moderation, and for the voices of tolerance to prevail over the purveyors of hate.

Mr. Trumps recognition of Jerusalem isolates the United States on one of the worlds most sensitive diplomatic issues. It has drawn a storm of criticism from Arab and European leaders, which swelled on Tuesday night after the White House confirmed Mr. Trumps plans.

Pope Francis and the Chinese foreign ministry joined the chorus of voices warning that the move could unleash a wave of violence across the region. At a meeting in Brussels, Secretary of State Rex W. Tillerson was sternly reproached by European allies.

President Trump declared recognition of Jerusalem as Israels capital. Heres why thats so fraught.

Standing next to Mr. Tillerson, the European Unions top diplomat, Federica Mogherini, made clear that Europe saw the presidents decision as a threat to peace in the Middle East.

We believe that any action that would undermine these efforts must absolutely be avoided, she said. A way must be found through negotiations to resolve the status of Jerusalem as a future capital of both states.

Just hours before Mr. Trump made his announcement, Mr. Tillerson said that peace in the Middle East was still possible.

Mr. Tillerson, during a news conference at NATO headquarters in the heart of Europe, expressed reassurances about the expected consequences of the decision.

The presidents very committed to the Middle East peace process, Mr. Tillerson said.

Mr. Tillerson has been largely shut out of the usual back-and-forth between Israelis and Palestinians that many secretaries of state spent much of their tenures conducting. Instead, Mr. Trump entrusted that task to his son-in-law and senior adviser, Jared Kushner.

At least one former Obama administration official also weighed in with sharp criticism. John O. Brennan, the former director of the Central Intelligence Agency, said in a statement that Mr. Trumps action was reckless and would damage U.S. interests in the Middle East for years to come and will make the region more volatile.

Administration officials said they expected the blowback from the Palestinians and others, but they asserted that the move would accelerate, not hinder, the peace process.

Mr. Trumps promise to move the embassy appealed to evangelical voters and pro-Israel American Jews, including Sheldon Adelson, the Las Vegas casino magnate. By delivering on that promise, Mr. Trumps aides said, he was enhancing his credibility as a peacemaker.

The announcement, officials said, was recognition of current and historic reality. West Jerusalem is the seat of Israels government, and recognizing it as such would remove ambiguity from the American position, they said.

Jerusalem is one of the worlds most fiercely contested swaths of real estate, with each side disputing the others claims. Palestinians view East Jerusalem as the capital of a future Palestinian state, and most of the world considers it occupied territory. Jerusalems Old City has the third-holiest mosque in Islam and the holiest site in Judaism, making the citys status a sensitive issue for Muslims and Jews alike. Jerusalem is also sacred ground to Christians.

In addition to declining to take a position on the ultimate shape of Jerusalem, Mr. Trump called for the status quo on a disputed area of the Old City, known as the Temple Mount to Jews and the Noble Sanctuary to Muslims, which has been a flash point for tensions.

Mr. Kushner and Jason D. Greenblatt, the presidents special envoy, have been working for months to prepare for a negotiation between Israelis and Palestinians. Though they have little to show for the effort publicly, they say they have made progress behind the scenes.

Those efforts, Middle East experts said, would be jeopardized by Wednesdays announcement. But Mr. Kushner and Mr. Greenblatt, the presidents special envoy, supported the presidents move, officials said.

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