Benjamin Netanyahu thanks Donald Trump for recognising Jerusalem as Israel’s capital amid outcry from Arab leaders

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu lauded U.S. President Donald Trump’s official recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital on Wednesday, calling it a “historic day.”

Netanyahu said that any peace agreement with the Palestinians must include Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and added that there will be no change in the status of the city’s holy sites.

“Thank you President Trump for today’s historic decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. The Jewish people and the Jewish state will be forever grateful,” Mr Netanyahu said.

This move, he added, “reflects the President’s commitment to an ancient but enduring truth, to fulfilling his promises and to advancing peace.”

Palestinian terror group Hamas called for a “day of rage” Friday, urging Palestinians to protest and warning that Trump’s pronouncement would cross a “red line.”