Jerusalem explained: Why Trump making it the capital of Israel is so controversial, and what it means for the Middle East

In a remarkable overhaul of American diplomacy that is likely to spur unrest in the region, President Donald Trump has recognized Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

By announcing the new approach that Mr Trump promises will set the course for eventual peace agreements, the President is taking a novel stand against a deep rooted conflict that is centuries in the making. After less than a year in the Oval Office, Mr Trump has dramatically reworked a consequential position on an issue that encompasses the history, politics, and religions that dominate the Middle East.

Why is Jerusalem so important?


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