The White House has confirmed that President Trump is taking steps to move the U.S. Embassy in Israel to Jerusalem, recognizing the city as Israel’s capital. Christians are calling for prayer for the peace of Jerusalem.
Senior White House officials say President Trump will announce plans Wednesday to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and also direct the State Department to begin moving the U.S. Embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.
They say no official boundaries within Jerusalem will change and that will be left up to both the Israelis and the Palestinians.
Instead, White House officials say this move is based on the “recognition of reality,” affirming the fact that Jerusalem has been Israel’s seat of power for the last seven decades.
Trump’s announcement fulfills his major campaign promise of saying he would move the U.S. Embassy in Israel to Jerusalem. It’s another example of Trump keeping a promise to evangelicals.
The Trump administration says they’re very much committed to the Mideast peace process and believe there has been progress made behind the scenes. However, the Senior White House staffers believe the United States position of, “ambiguity” on issues relating to Jerusalem and the embassy haven’t helped advance the prospects of peace the last few decades.
White House administration officials believe that approach hasn’t worked and taking it off the negotiation table will help both sides come to an agreement on bigger issues that keep them apart.
The administration reportedly hasn’t decided where the U.S. embassy will be built in Jerusalem, acknowledging it could take years to eventually complete the move.