Trump tells Netanyahu he’ll recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s ‘undivided’ capital


NEW YORK: Republican candidate Donald Trump pledged Sunday (Monday in Manila) to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s “undivided” capital if he is elected president, meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who Hillary Clinton also met that evening. Netanyahu met privately with Trump at his residence in Trump Tower a day before the New York billionaire faces off against Democratic rival Clinton for their first presidential debate. “Trump acknowledged that Jerusalem has been the eternal capital of the Jewish people for over 3000 years, and that the United States, under a Trump administration, will finally accept the long-standing congressional mandate to recognize Jerusalem as the undivided capital of the state of Israel,” his campaign said in a statement. The United States—and most other UN member countries—do not recognize 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 recognized as Israel’s capital and to authorize 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.



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