President Trump on Wednesday announced that the U.S. will recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital city in a major change to America's foreign policy.
"When I came into office I promised to look at the world's challenges with fresh open eyes and very fresh thinking," he said at the White House.
"Today, we finally acknowledge the obvious - that Jerusalem is Israel's capital," Trump continued. "We view this as nothing more than the recognition of reality. It is not only the right thing to do, but something that has to be done."
Trump acknowledged that there would be "disagreement and dissent regarding this announcement" but insisted that the U.S. remains committed to peace between Israel and the Palestinians.
"Above all, our greatest hope is for peace, the universal yearning of every human soul," he said. "Our children should inherit our love, not our hatred."
"It is time for the many people who desire peace to expel the extremists from their midst," Trump added. "It is time for young and moderate voices all across the Middle East to claim for themselves a bright and beautiful future."
Trump was insistent during his announcement that Israel could claim Jerusalem as its capital city, and that such a move would benefit the U.S.
"Israel is a sovereign nation, and like any sovereign nation, it has the right to determine its own capital," he said. "Today, Jerusalem is the seat of the modern Israeli government."
"I've judged this course of action to be in the best interest of the United States of America and the peace process between Israel and the Palestinians."
Trump also announced that Vice President Mike Pence would visit the Middle East in the near future to reaffirm U.S. commitments to lasting peace in the region.
President Trump on Wednesday will announce that the U.S. recognizes Jerusalem as Israel's capital city in a major change to America's foreign policy.
Trump will also sign a waiver delaying the relocation of the U.S. embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, senior administration officials noted Tuesday.
The moves are expected to attract major global attention as they may escalate tensions in the Middle East and upend attempts at peace between Israel and Palestine.
The changes may prove particularly controversial in the Arab world, and they will also mark a major departure from the stance of past U.S. presidential administrations.