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Summary

  1. The US has thrust aside decades of policy to recognise Jerusalem as Israel's capital
  2. Decision sparks anger across Muslim world but is supported by some Republicans and Israeli officials
  3. Palestinians say the move is "deplorable" and the US can no longer act as peace broker
  4. Trump will also start the process of relocating the US embassy from Tel Aviv

Live Reporting

By Mal Siret and Yaroslav Lukov

All times stated are UK

  1. That's all for now

    That brings to an end our live coverage of the announcement by President Donald Trump that the US now recognises Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

    To read our main news story and to watch Trump's briefing click here.

    For more on the reaction to Trump's statement from around the world:

    And for comprehensive reports and analysis from the BBC, please visit our Israel & the Palestinians coverage.

    Many thanks for reading.

  2. Trump's move 'disaster for Arab world... and US'

    "Trump’s error on Jerusalem is a disaster for the Arab world … and the US too", writes Rashid Khalidi, the Edward Said professor of Arab studies at Columbia University, in this opinion piece in the Guardian.

  3. Call for urgent UN meeting

    Eight of the 15 nations who are currently members of the UN Security Council have called for the body to hold an urgent meeting on the US decision by the end of the week.

    The request for UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres to publicly brief the Council was made by France, Bolivia, Egypt, Italy, Senegal, Sweden, Britain and Uruguay, said diplomats.

  4. Move is 'just and right' - US envoy at UN

    The US Ambassador to the UN, Nikki Haley, says that America has its embassies in capital cities all over the world - and "now Israel will be no different", adding: "It was the just and right thing to do."

  5. Merkel does not support Trump's move

    German Chancellor Angela Merkel "does not support" the US president's decision, her spokesman says.

    "The German government does not support this position because the status of Jerusalem can only be negotiated within the framework of a two-state solution," spokesman Steffen Seibert wrote on Twitter (in German).

  6. Israeli and Palestinian ministers react

    Yolande Knell

    BBC News, Jerusalem

    For many Israelis, President Trump's formal recognition of Israeli sovereignty over Jerusalem corrects a historic injustice.

    Israeli politicians are now urging more countries to follow Washington's lead and move their embassies.

    "We expect our friends to recognise our own capital as what it is," Israeli Education Minister Naftali Bennett told the BBC.

    But Palestinians object strongly to the US announcement and say it inflames tensions.

    Palestinians protest against the US decision to recognise the city of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, in Gaza City, Gaza Strip, 6 December 2017
    Image caption: Palestinians protest in Gaza City

    Palestinian Education Minister Sabri Saidam described it as "a manifestation of the lack of fairness in handling of the Palestine file and a total bias towards Israel".

    There were large protests in Gaza following Mr Trump's speech - and there are calls for more across the Palestinian territories in the coming days.

  7. Reckless move, says Scotland's first minister

    The First Minister of Scotland and Scottish National Party leader, Nicola Sturgeon, says Trump's decision is "reckless".

  8. Trump 'has destroyed two-state solution'

    The secretary general of the Palestine Liberation Organisation (PLO), Saeb Erekat, has told reporters that Mr Trump has destroyed any hopes for a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

    Quote Message: I think tonight [Trump] is strengthening the forces of extremists in this region as no-one has done before
  9. Czech Republic reacts

    Reacting to President Trump's announcement, the Czech Republic has issued a statement:

    "The Czech Republic currently, before the peace between Israel and Palestine is signed, recognises Jerusalem to be in fact the capital of Israel in the borders of the demarcation line from 1967," the country's foreign ministry said on its website.

    "The Czech Republic together with other EU member states ... considers Jerusalem to be future capital of both states, meaning the State of Israel and the future State of Palestine.

    "The ministry can start considering moving the Czech embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem only based on results of negotiations with key partners in the region and in the world."

  10. Fears of violence

    The US state department is warning that it fears the anger felt by Palestinians and their global supporters will spill into violence, reports the Jerusalem Post's bureau chief in Washington.

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    In a later comment he says:

    Quote Message: This list now includes #Egypt, #Morocco and London, as protests begin in #Jordan and the West Bank.
  11. Not the endorsement Palestinians wanted

    The BBC's Barbara Plett-Usher, in Washington, says:

    "Trump emphasised several times that he was delivering on a campaign promise, signaling that domestic politics was largely what motivated this controversial decision.

    "The announcement would have made more sense as part of a peace plan, but the White House is still drafting one. So the president spent much of the speech pushing back against criticism that he was prejudging his own peace initiative.

    Palestinians watch a televised broadcast of Trump delivering an address where he is expected to announce that the United States recognises Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, in Jerusalem's Old City 6 December 2017

    "He insisted that the US was still deeply committed to facilitating a deal acceptable to both sides, and was not taking a position on the final status of the holy city.

    "That seemed to imply the Palestinian claim to occupied East Jerusalem would still be on the table in any negotiations. But his argument would have been more convincing to them if he’d spelled that out, and if he’d clearly stated that the end goal was two states.

    "However he said the US would support such a solution if agreed to by both sides: not the unequivocal endorsement the Palestinians were looking for. Instead, he didn’t offer the Palestinians anything."

  12. UN condemns 'unilateral measure'

    The UN Secretary General António Guterres has firmly rejected President Trump's move to accord Israel sovereignty over Jerusalem.

    UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres speaks in response to a speech by US President Donald Trump recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel in New York on 6 December 2017
    Quote Message: From day one as secretary general of the United Nations, I have consistently spoken out against any unilateral measures that would jeopardise the prospect of peace for Israelis and Palestinians. Jerusalem is a final status issue that must be resolved through direct negotiations between the two parties, on the basis of the relevant Security Council and General Assembly resolutions, taking into account the legitimate concerns of both the Palestinians and the Israeli sides.
  13. 'Violation of international law'

    Jordan says that Trump's move on Wednesday is a violation of international law.

    "The decision of the American president to recognise Jerusalem as Israel's capital and the transfer of the US embassy to this city constitutes a violation of decisions of international law and the United Nations charter," government spokesman Mohammed Momani said.

  14. 'Unhelpful', says UK's May

    UK Prime Minister Theresa May

    The UK Prime Minister Theresa May has added her voice to the dissent over President Trump's move.

    "We disagree with the US decision to move its embassy to Jerusalem and recognise Jerusalem as the Israeli capital before a final status agreement," a spokesman said.

    "We believe it is unhelpful in terms of prospects for peace in the region."

  15. All-out strike

    Some Palestinians are calling for a national all-out strike on Thursday to reject Trump's move, an independent Palestinian news agency reports.

    Palestinians have been urged to attend demonstrations instead.

  16. EU chief voices 'serious concern'

    The EU foreign policy chief has voiced her "serious concern" at the US president's move.

    "The aspirations of both parties must be fulfilled and a way must be found through negotiations to resolve the status of Jerusalem as the future capital of both states," Federica Mogherini said.

    EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini at the EU Eastern Partnership Summit in Brussels, 24 November 2017

    She added that the EU's concern was based on Trump's announcement "and the repercussions this may have on the prospect of peace".

  17. Palestinians take to streets

    Images are coming in from the Gaza Strip showing Palestinians gathering to protest against Trump's decision.

    Local news websites quoted a senior member of Hamas, Ismail Radwan, telling the crowds that "Jerusalem and the Holy City can never be relinquished or be accepted as a unified capital of the occupation".

    He reportedly added that Trump's step was a "blatant assault on our people and on our umma (the wider Muslim community)".

    Palestinians protest against US President Trump's decision to recognise Jerusalem as Israel's capital, in Khan Younis in the southern Gaza Strip on 6 December 2017
    Palestinians protest against US President Trump's decision in Khan Younis in the southern Gaza Strip on 6 December 2017
  18. Warnings for US citizens in UK and Germany

    The US state department's bureau of diplomatic security is warning US citizens in Germany to be cautious and aware of their personal security.

    The US embassy in Berlin has issued guidelines telling Americans to "remain aware of their surroundings" and "maintain a high level of vigilance".

    Meanwhile, warnings have also been issued to US citizens in the UK.

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