Timeline: Trump’s decisions to move the US embassy to Jerusalem and declare Jerusalem as Israel’s capital

For more updated information, scroll to the bottom or click here to go to December 6, 2017 in the timeline. This is a developing event and this post will be updated with new information.

2004, 2008, 2012, 2016: Democratic party platforms call Jerusalem the capital of Israel.

January 1, 2017: Fatah official Sultan Abu Al-Einein in TV interview, on embassy move: “I believe that any American act of stupidity will ignite the Palestinian territories”; the United States and Israel will bear responsibility for the “return of the bloodshed in the Palestinian territories.”

January 3, 2017: Senators Cruz, Heller, and Rubio introduce Jerusalem Embassy and Recognition Act to move US embassy to Jerusalem.

January 6, 2017: Mahmoud Abbas’s adviser Mahmoud al-Habbash: US embassy move is “declaration of war against all Muslims.”

January 8, 2017: Palestinian Media Watch notes six Palestinian leaders close to Mahmoud Abbas threatened violence, religious war over embassy move [“Any step regarding transferring the American embassy from Tel Aviv to East Jerusalem will directly cause an explosion”].

January 18, 2017: Fatah official Jibril Rajoub calls Trump a “lunatic” and a “fascist,” says the US embassy move “is a confrontation with the whole world and a declaration of war against it – against the Palestinians, against the Arabs, against the Muslims, against the Christians, and against UN resolutions.”

January 23, 2017: Fatah official Nasser al-Kidwa: If US embassy move takes place, “the Palestinian side would have to sever its ties with the official staff of the illegal US Embassy in Jerusalem,” and the “Palestinian political representative’s office in Washington” would also have to be closed.

January 24, 2017: Iraqi Shiite cleric: US embassy move “would be a declaration of war on Islam”; calls for “formation of a special division to liberate Jerusalem were the decision to be implemented.”

January 31, 2017: Saudi journalist writes that the embassy move could herald the end of Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

March 5, 2017Chairman of the House Subcommittee on National Security Ron DeSantis (R-FL) in Israel: Trump will stand by his campaign pledge to move the embassy.

March 8, 2017Arab League Foreign Ministers Council adopts resolution “against any attempt to move diplomatic missions to Jerusalem.”

March 26, 2017: Vice President Pence at annual AIPAC meeting: “The president is giving serious consideration to moving the American embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.”

April 28, 2017Trump on embassy move: “Ask me in a month on that.”

April 30, 2017: Jordan’s former culture minister Tareq al-Masarwa: The United States can move its embassy to West Jerusalem because the Palestinians and Arabs have not claimed the “1948 part of Jerusalem” [West Jerusalem].

May 8, 2017Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan: Embassy move debates are “extremely wrong,” and should be dropped.

May 14, 2017International Christian Embassy Jerusalem publishes policy paper urging Trump to “officially recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital” and suggests how the move can be done.

May 14, 2017: Secretary of State Rex Tillerson to NBC News Sunday: Trump may not move the embassy if it impedes the peace process.

May 14, 2017: PM Benjamin Netanyahu responds to Tillerson: “Moving the US Embassy to Jerusalem won’t harm the peace process. The opposite is true. It will correct a historic injustice by advancing the [peace process] and shattering a Palestinian fantasy that Jerusalem isn’t Israel’s capital.”

May 15, 2017: Netanyahu in weekly Likud meeting: “The US Embassy should move to Jerusalem.”

May 15, 2017: Senior lawmaker in Likud party: “We will not be willing to pay a diplomatic price for the transfer of the embassy… The Americans are holding back and the prime minister is not going to commit suicide at this moment.”

May 21, 2017: Secretary-general of the Palestine Liberation Organisation Saeb Erekat: “We believe that moving the U.S. embassy to Jerusalem would mean the end of the peace process.”

May 31, 2017: Former press secretary Sean Spicer: Trump has yet to reach decision over embassy move; Trump will “have to either sign – or not sign – a presidential waiver that will delay the implementation of a 1995 decision by Congress to move the embassy.”

June 1, 2017: White House announces Trump signs presidential waiver to keep US embassy in Tel-Aviv.

June 6, 2017: US Senate unanimously passes “A resolution commemorating the 50th anniversary of the reunification of Jerusalem.”

June 13, 2017: Muslim writer Bassam Tawil: If Trump had moved embassy, Arabs and Muslims would have respected him. “If and when Trump honors his promises, he will earn even more respect in the Arab and Islamic countries.”

June 16, 2017: Chuck Schumer (D-NY): “We ought to get it [embassy move] done once and for all.”

July 18, 2017: Vice President Pence at 12th annual Christians United for Israel summit: “And I promise you that the day will come when President Donald Trump moves the American Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. It is not a question of if, it is only when.”

August 21, 2017Vanity Fair report: Bannon, serving as White House chief strategist, lobbied Trump to move the embassy, but was blocked by Jared Kushner, Trump’s senior adviser.

October 6, 2017: US Ambassador to Israel on TBN: “The embassy will move…. It’s not if, but when. And I am convinced that during his term, the United States will recognize Jerusalem as the undivided and eternal capital of the State of Israel.”

October 8, 2017: Trump on TBN Network: Embassy move “in the not too distant future”; Trump wanted to give peace plan “a shot before I even think about moving the embassy to Jerusalem.”

November 29, 2017: “A day after Mike Pence says US president ‘actively considering’ moving embassy to Jerusalem, TV report claims Israeli officials believe announcement imminent.”

November 29, 2017: “After Israeli TV predicts imminent declaration by Trump recognizing Israeli capital, press secretary says administration ‘has nothing new to announce.'”

December 1, 2017Abbas’s spokesman Nabil Abu Rudeineh to AFP: “The American recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel destroys the peace process… The American recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and moving the American embassy to Jerusalem involves the same level of danger to the future of the peace process and pushes the region into instability.”

December 3, 2017Palestinians appeal to world leaders to block US embassy move.

December 3, 2017: “US National Security Adviser HR McMaster says he does not know if US President Donald Trump will relocate the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.”

The Times of Israel liveblog for December 5, 2017, has lots of embassy-related news

December 5, 2017: Organisation for Islamic Cooperation: Muslim world should sever ties with any state that transfers embassy to Jerusalem

December 5, 2017Trump informs Abbas of intention to move US Embassy in Israel to Jerusalem; Abbas tells Trump the move carries “dangerous consequences.”

December 5, 2017: Trump also calls Jordan’s king to tell him of his intention to move the embassy.

December 5, 2017: Israel’s Hadashot TV report: PM Netanyahu and aides have been “active partners” working in “total coordination” with Trump; Netanyahu’s team encouraged, supported, reassured Trump team; Palestinians knew nothing.

December 5, 2017: “Palestinian factions announced three days of rage from Wednesday to Friday in protest” of Trump’s announcement.

December 5, 2017Israeli security forces on high alert ahead of possible Jerusalem declaration.

December 5, 2017Leading Arab member of Israeli parliament: “Trump is a pyromaniac who could set the region on fire with his madness.”

December 5, 2017US Consulate in Jerusalem issues travel warning ahead of Trump announcement over Jerusalem.

December 5, 2017: Turkey’s President Erdogan: “Mr. Trump! Jerusalem is a red line for Muslims.”

December 5, 2017Saudi king warns “dangerous” US Jerusalem embassy move will “inflame” Muslim world.

December 5, 2017: Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) says embassy move is a “terrible decision” but previously voted for embassy move to happen.

December 5, 2017Official PA daily front page headline: “Jerusalem is a red line – and more than that.”

December 6, 2017: White House confirms: Trump will recognize Jerusalem as capital and ask State Department to plan embassy move.

December 6, 2017Trump says Jerusalem move is “long overdue.”

December 6, 2017Read: Full text of Trump’s official proclamation of Jerusalem as capital of Israel.

December 6, 2017Abbas says, “These reprehensible and rejected measures constitute a deliberate undermining of all peace efforts; says it is a “reward to Israel for denying agreements and defying international legitimacy that encourages it to continue the policy of occupation, settlement, apartheid and ethnic cleansing.” Abbas has called for an emergency meeting of the Palestine Liberation Organization’s Central Committee.

December 6, 2017Palestinian journalist: Moving the US embassy to Jerusalem won’t harm the rights of Palestinian people.

December 6, 2017Morocco summons the US ambassador after Trump’s Jerusalem announcement.

December 7, 2017Iran says Trump Jerusalem move will spark “new intifada.”

December 9 and onwards: Muslims worldwide chant for genocide of the Jews.

December 21, 2017128 countries vote in favor of UN call for US to withdraw Jerusalem decision.

December 27, 2017New Western Wall train station to be named after Trump.

December 27, 2017Iran votes to declare Jerusalem “everlasting capital of Palestine.”

January 10, 2018: Shin Bet statistics show terror attacks tripled after Trump’s Jerusalem recognition.

January 17, 2018: After Netanyahu’s comments on trip to India that Trump will move embassy within the year [““My solid assessment is that it will go much faster than you think – within a year from now.”] Trump says in interview to Reuters, “By the end of the year? We’re talking about different scenarios – I mean obviously that would be on a temporary basis. We’re not really looking at that. That’s no.”

January 22, 2018Pence: US Embassy in Israel to move to Jerusalem by end of 2019

February 5, 2018: Hamas applauds terrorist who killed Israeli, said attack was in response to Trump’s decision

February 23, 2018: USA to move embassy on May 14, 2018, 70th anniversary of Israel’s independence

February 23, 2018Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat: “[The embassy move] shows the determination of the US administration to violate international law, destroy the two-state solution, and provoke the feelings of the Palestinian people, as well as of all Arabs, Muslims and Christians around the globe.”

February 24, 2018: Palestinian National Council: “The Palestinian National Council (i.e., the legislative body of the PLO) considered the American administration’s declaration on the execution of its decision to transfer its embassy to occupied Jerusalem as blatant defiance towards the international, Arab, and Islamic will, and as an intensification of the aggression towards the rights of our people.”

February 26, 2018Palestinian groups: Next Friday is a “day of popular rage” to clash with settlers and IDF to protest

February 26, 2018: PA Mufti: “[T]he transfer of the American embassy to Jerusalem, if it is carried out, will not be an attack on the Palestinians alone, but rather a blatant attack on the Arabs and Muslims throughout the world, …and that it will not serve peace and security in the region, but rather bring upon it disasters of wars, anarchy, and instability.”

February 27, 2018Ali al-Qaradaghi, secretary-general of the Association of Muslim Scholars: “We call for a Palestinian, Arab, Islamic, and popular uprising against this American aggression… [the embassy move is] a declaration of war against the Muslims and a step that will establish the illegal occupation.”

March 5, 2018: Palestinians not happy about Guatemalan embassy move from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

March 16, 2018: Palestinians protest, mark 100 days since Trump’s embassy decision.

May 14, 2018: US embassy in Jerusalem opens; Netanyahu thanks Trump

May 16, 2018Guatemala opens embassy in Jerusalem, 2 days after US

May 21, 2018: Paraguay opens embassy in Jerusalem