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President Trump gave a statement today announcing plans to move the U.S. Embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. This move is part of the U.S. stance to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. This choice is particularly controversial as both Israel and Palestine claim the city as their capital.
Further, the status of Jerusalem has been contested and is subject to negotiation in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Many see the move by the United States as a breakdown of peace talks and a break from international policies. Others see this move as long overdue following the law passed by Congress in 1995 requiring the U.S. to move the embassy.
President Trump said, in a statement from the White House, that delaying the move by previous administrations was always done in the name of peace, but after 20 years of delays, the two nations are no closer to peace than when negotiations first started. He continued by saying that to repeat the same actions which have failed for decades would be a serious folly. President Trump finished by declaring that the United States is still deeply committed to creating a lasting peace agreement between both Israel and Palestine.
Nearly 70 years of complicated conflict in the region means that this decision is difficult to understand objectively. No matter our view of this event, prayer is the most urgent response.