Ty­coon vows to recog­nise Jerusalem as Is­rael’s ‘un­di­vided’ cap­i­tal

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WASH­ING­TON: Repub­li­can can­di­date Don­ald Trump pledged yes­ter­day to recog­nise Jerusalem as Is­rael’s “un­di­vided” cap­i­tal if he is elected pres­i­dent.

Is­raeli Prime Min­is­ter Benjamin Ne­tanyahu met pri­vately with Trump at his res­i­dence in Trump Tower a day be­fore the New York bil­lion­aire faces off against Demo­cratic ri­val Hillary Clin­ton for their first pres­i­den­tial de­bate. Clin­ton also met Ne­tanyahu that evening. “Trump ac­knowl­edged that Jerusalem has been the eter­nal cap­i­tal of the Jewish peo­ple for over 3,000 years, and that the United States, un­der a Trump ad­min­is­tra­tion, will fi­nally ac­cept the long­stand­ing con­gres­sional man­date to recog­nise Jerusalem as the un­di­vided cap­i­tal of the state of Is­rael,” his cam­paign said in a state­ment.

Is­rael cap­tured the Arab eastern half of Jerusalem dur­ing the 1967 Arab-Is­raeli war, and an­nexed it in 1980, declar­ing all of Jerusalem Is­rael’s uni­fied cap­i­tal.

The United States – and most other UN mem­ber coun­tries – do not recog­nise the an­nex­a­tion and con­sider Jerusalem’s fi­nal sta­tus to be a key is­sue to be re­solved in peace ne­go­ti­a­tions with the Pales­tini­ans.

The US Congress passed a law in Oc­to­ber 1995 call­ing for an un­di­vided Jerusalem to be recog­nised as Is­rael’s cap­i­tal and to au­tho­rise fund­ing for mov­ing the US em­bassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

But no US pres­i­dent – Demo­crat or Repub­li­can – has im­ple­mented the law, re­gard­ing it as an in­fringe­ment on the ex­ec­u­tive branch’s au­thor­ity over for­eign pol­icy. – AFP

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