(AP)- President Donald Trump has announced that the United States now recognizes Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. It’s a move that upends decades of U.S. policy.
He says in a White House speech that he’s “determined that it is time to officially recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. Trump says he’s deemed this change to be in America’s interests.
The president says the decision “marks the beginning of a new approach to conflict between Israel and the Palestinians.”
World leaders have warned that the move could inflame tensions in the volatile Mideast.
The Jerusalem municipality has illuminated the walls of the Old City red, white and blue to show thanks to President Trump’s recognition of it as Israel’s capital.
Mayor Nir Barkat says the main entrance to the city will also be lit in America’s colors and American flags will be flown across major streets of the city on Thursday.
Barkat says Trump’s announcement “sends a clear message to the entire world” that the United States stands with Israel and the Jewish people.