Trump to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital

US President Donald Trump will recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, senior administration officials have said. He is due to announce the controversial decision in a speech later Wednesday. Trump is also expected to approve moving the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, but not for several years. Israel welcomes the changes but the Palestinians and Arab leaders have warned they will jeopardize any Middle East peace process. Saudi Arabia, an ally of the US, called the changes “a flagrant provocation to Muslims”. Israel has always regarded Jerusalem as its capital city, while the Palestinians claim East Jerusalem as the capital of a future Palestinian state. In recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, the US becomes the first country to do so since the foundation of the state in 1948.The city is home to key religious sites sacred to Judaism, Islam and Christianity, especially in East Jerusalem. Israel annexed the sector from Jordan after the 1967 Middle East war and regards the entire city as its indivisible capital.