President Donald Trump has reportedly informed both Muslim and Israeli leaders that he plans to recognize Jerusalem as the “capital of Israel” in the coming days; a symbolic move that upends years of American foreign policy and reshapes his administration’s efforts to forge a lasting peace between Israelis and Palestinians.
According to the New York Times, the President notified Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas of his decision earlier Tuesday, as well as other Arab leaders including the King of Jordan.
Jordan’s King Abdullah II urged President Trump to reverse his decision, saying recognizing Jerusalem as the official capital of Israel could have “serious implications” for security throughout the region.
“King Abdullah stressed that the adoption of this resolution will have serious implications for security and stability in the Middle East, and will undermine the efforts of the American administration to resume the peace process and fuel the feelings of Muslims and Christians,” said a statement from the King’s office in Amman.
While the announcement is sure to send shockwaves throughout the Middle East, the logistics of re-locating the American embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem could take a year or more.
Throughout Trump’s presidential campaign, he repeatedly vowed to relocate the American embassy from Tel Aviv to the “eternal capital” of the Jewish State, Jerusalem.
“We will move the American embassy to the eternal capital of the Jewish people, Jerusalem,” Trump told a crowd in early November.