Despite warnings from the leaders of the Muslim world, President Trump will fulfill his campaign promise to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, and take steps to move the U.S. embassy from Tel Aviv to the holy city.
When will Trump announce this decision?
A report says that after much consideration, the president will make the announcement Wednesday.
“While President Trump recognizes that the status of Jerusalem is a highly sensitive issue, he does not think it will be resolved by ignoring the simple truth that Jerusalem is home to Israel’s legislature, its supreme court and the prime minister, and as such is the capital of Israel,” a Trump administration official told Politico.
“Delaying the recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel has done nothing to achieve peace for more than two decades," they added.
Various allies of the United States cautioned the president against this decision, including France, Jordan, and Saudi Arabia.
Why is this controversial?
Muslims consider Jerusalem a holy site of Islam, as the city contains the al-Aqsa mosque, where it is said that Muhammed was bodily taken up into heaven to pray with the other prophets of Islam.
No other country has recognized the holy city as the capital of Israel, an act which would strengthen Israel's claim to control the holy sites against the claim of Muslims.
Various Muslim leaders have warned that recognizing Jerusalem as Israel's capital would enflame the Muslim world against both Israel and the United States, at a time when Trump is seeking a solution to the troubles in the Middle East.