Leaders, in Africa, the European Union and the Arab world have condemned U.S. President Donald Trump’s decision to declare Jerusalem the capital of Israel and instructing Congress to put plans in place to move the U.S. embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. For years U.S. policy towards the issue of Jerusalem had emphasised the need for a negotiated settlement between Palestinians and Israelis. Israel captured Jerusalem during the Arab-Israel war of 1967, and Palestinians want it as the capital of a future Palestinian state.

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