Winners and losers as the US recognizes Jerusalem as Israel’s capital

TA — US President Donald Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and his announcement that he will move the American Embassy there from Tel Aviv will have a number of consequences for Israelis, Palestinians and the wider region. For Israel, it has finally received from an American president what it has long craved, which is righting the historic wrong of it being the only state whose self-declared capital is not recognized by the rest of the world. Israel’s government institutions are primarily in West Jerusalem in undisputed territory, and by formally recognizing this fact, Trump acknowledged what has been obvious to Israelis since the founding of the state 70 years ago.