Ted Cruz: Embassy move makes Trump like Truman

Texas Senator Ted Cruz says US President Donald Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital will go down in history as a moment akin to president Harry Truman recognizing Israel when it was established in 1948.

Trump’s former Republican presidential rival says Monday that it was “the right decision” and had already inspired Guatemala, Paraguay and perhaps others to follow suit. Cruz is in Israel as part of a congressional delegation for the embassy’s dedication in Jerusalem.

Sen. Ted Cruz, a Republican of Texas, speaks at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, July 20, 2016. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Previous US presidents of both parties, as well as nearly every other country, refrained from opening embassies in Jerusalem, arguing that the city’s final status should first be resolved through Israeli-Palestinian negotiations.

Trump has been lauded by Israelis and condemned by Palestinians for moving the embassy to the contested city. The Palestinians claim East Jerusalem as the capital of their future state.

— AP

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