Donald trump on Wednesday is going to officially recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, said a senior White house official.
According to him, such a step — the recognition of «both historical and modern reality.» The official noted that trump has discussed this decision with the heads of middle Eastern States, and also enlisted the support of foreign leaders, dealing with the settlement of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict.
The White house stressed that the position on Jerusalem does not change U.S. policy against Israel’s borders.
«The President reaffirmed the status quo in the Temple mount question», — said the representative of the American administration.
He added that the President of the United States looks optimistic in the process of settling the Palestinian-Israeli conflict.
It is expected that the American leader will make a statement at 21:00 (GMT). Trump will also announce about moving the us Embassy from tel Aviv to Jerusalem.
About the plans of the American leader became known yesterday. Israel called the decision of trump fair and historically correct step. At the same time, this intention has criticized the leaders of many Arab countries, and the European Union warned of possible damage to efforts to solve the middle East problem.
Israel declared Jerusalem the «unified and indivisible» capital, including its Eastern areas and the historic centre, captured half a century ago Jordan. The international community does not recognize the annexation and considers the status of the city one of the main problems of the middle East conflict. All foreign embassies are located in tel Aviv.
The U.S. Congress in 1995 passed a law on the transfer of the Embassy from tel Aviv to Jerusalem. However, due to the disputed status of the city and sensitivity of the issue for relations with the Arab-Muslim world all American presidents, including trump, every six months, postponed the implementation of this decision.