Trump: Jerusalem recognition "long overdue"

US President says America should have recognized Jerusalem as capital of Israel years ago.

Arutz Sheva Staff,

Donald Trump
Donald Trump

US President Donald Trump said Wednesday that his decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel was "long overdue."

"Many presidents have said they want to do something and they didn't do it,
whether it's courage or they changed their mind, I can't tell you," Trump said.

Later in the evening, Trump will officially announce American recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of the State of Israel.

The president is also expected to announce preparations for the transfer of the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, but the crossing is not expected to take place in the coming months.

The Jerusalem Municipality illuminated the walls of the Old City with US and Israeli flags from the Jaffa Gate to Mount Zion, as a token of appreciation to President Trump for his recognition of Jerusalem.

The city also hung US flags along Agron, Shazar and Ruppin streets, and the string bridge is also illuminated by the colors of the American flag.

Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat said that "Trump's expected announcement [that he will] recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel is a historic declaration that sends a clear message to the entire world that the US stands by the Jewish people, the State of Israel and Jerusalem."

"As a gesture and expression of the courageous friendship between the American people and the people of Israel, we decided to highlight the walls of the Old City in the colors of the American and Israeli flags, which symbolizes, more than anything else, the strength of the Jewish people's connection to Jerusalem for more than 3,000 years."