On Wednesday afternoon, President Trump made one of the most pivotal announcements of his presidency. He announced that there would be major policy changes concerning the U.S. and Israel.
President Trump said that the United States would officially recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. Additionally, he detailed plans to move the U.S. embassy from Tel Aviv, where it currently resides, to Jerusalem.
The president said that it was time to make the decision and that he was ready to "acknowledge the obvious." This was something that he talked about while on the campaign trail. The fulfillment of the promise has enraged some and inspired others.
President Trump said, "This is nothing more or less than a recognition of reality. It is also the right thing to do. It's something that has to be done."
He also noted the inevitable disagreement that would follow the decision. President Trump wanted to ensure listeners that his main priority has and will continue to be long-lasting peace and that the decision does not reflect a change of heart on that subject.
He said, "There will, of course, be disagreement and dissent regarding this announcement. But we are confident that ultimately, as we work through these disagreements, we will arrive at a peace and place far greater in understanding and cooperation."
"This decision is not intended in any way to reflect a departure from our strong commitment to facilitate a lasting peace agreement," he continued. "We want an agreement that is a great deal for the Israelis and a great deal for the Palestinians."
After the speech, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu thanked President Trump for the decision.
He said, "This decision reflects the president's commitment to an ancient but enduring truth. The president's decision is an important step toward peace, for there is no peace that doesn't include Jerusalem as the capital of Israel."
The prime minister called the decision "courageous and just." He also wanted to ensure everyone that there would still be "freedom of worship" for people of all faiths and that there would be no change at the holy sites.
The Palestinian president, Mahmoud Abbas, is expected to deliver comments this afternoon. During his phone call with President Trump on Tuesday afternoon, however, he made it clear that there would be a "gravity of consequences" if the announcement became official.
The Turkish president, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, said that the decision would be a "red line" for Muslims. He said that it would cause Turkey to adjust their diplomatic ties with Israel. Meanwhile, protests on the Gaza Strip have already broken out.
What do you think about the decision? Many Christians are praising the announcement, especially because of its biblical and historical significance.