What Israeli media says about Donald Trump’s decision to recognise Jerusalem as country’s capital

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New Delhi | Updated: December 6, 2017 5:25:11 PM

The anticipated move has been widely covered in the global media but narrowing down to Israel, it has been detailed with different viewpoints by different media houses of Israel.

Israeli media reacts to Trump’s proposed move (Source: Reuters)

US President Donald Trump’s latest announcement has sent a shock wave across the world. His expected move to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel has made the world leaders including Palestine President Mahmoud Abbas, Jordan’s King Abdullah, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Saudi Arabia’s King Salman bin Abdulaziz and Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, caution him against the dreadful consequences that his move might have. White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders on Tuesday said the President was “pretty solid” in his decision, and added he will make the “best” decision for the United States. If Trump goes on with his intent, he will be reversing decades of the US policy of recognizing a “united” Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. The anticipated move has been widely covered in the global media but narrowing down to Israel, it has been detailed with different viewpoints by different media houses of Israel. Here are the different media house coverages of Trump’s expected move:

The Times Of Israel

Popular Israeli news website, The Times Of Israel has called the move legitimate and ‘almost banal’. “US recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital is legitimate, almost banal; the same goes for moving the embassy there. But the warnings coming from even moderate Arab states show how sensitive the Jerusalem issue is and how problematic it can be to deal with even for them,” read a news report by ‘The Times Of Israel’. The report further claims that the Trump’s new order may land Israel into an unwanted trouble. “Even if he doesn’t intend it, US President Donald Trump’s policy shift on Jerusalem is likely to drop Israel into a stew of trouble that it’s doubtful the country wants,” added the report.


Haaretz, an Israeli newspaper and a news website, which is known for its left-wing and liberal stances on domestic and foreign issues (as per Wikipedia), chose to remain objective on the issue and simply described the whole incident as it happened. The popular Israeli daily refrained from making any anticipation or draw any conclusion from its own end. “By recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, Trump will not only alter decades of American foreign policy, he will also take a step that as of today, very few countries in the world will support. Currently, no country in the world has its Israel embassy in Jerusalem,” read a report by Haaretz.

The Jerusalem Post

The broadsheet newspaper based in Jerusalem, apart from highlighting US President Donald Trump’s bold move, focused on the reaction that the move received from Hamas, a Palestinian Sunni-Islamic fundamentalist organization. “Hamas called for “a day of rage on Friday” to protest Trump’s intention to move the US embassy in Israel. Hamas Politburo chief Ismail Haniyeh said the relocation of the embassy would be “a dangerous escalation” that gives “the extremist Netanyahu government cover to implement its criminal plans to Judaize Jerusalem,” said a report by The Jerusalem Post.

Jerusalem, which is home to key religious sites sacred to Judaism, Islam and Christianity, especially in East Jerusalem has been the point of conflict between Israel and Palestine. It must be noted that the US embassy is also expected to be moved from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. Now, all eyes will be on the Donald Trump speech. Whether his speech flares up an intense protest or settles the dust, is a matter of time.

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