It’s pretty clear: history tells us Jerusalem belongs to Israel. Allow me start by touching on the contrary by saying this— The city of Jerusalem isn’t even mentioned in the Koran.
In Mohammed’s lifetime, it was a fairly unimportant city in the Byzantine Empire, which was a Christian city without a single mosque. But even at the beginning of the 20th century, Islamic leaders acknowledged the Temple Mount’s Jewish history by publishing a tourist pamphlet for the Temple Mount (holiest site in Judaism).
It says the site’s identity with the site of Solomon’s temple is beyond dispute. This, too is the spot, according to the universal belief, on which David there built an altar unto the Lord.
Then in 1927 an earthquake damaged the Al-Aqsa mosque. When archaeologists examined the structure they found the same beams made from Lebanese cedar that King Solomon used to build the first Jewish temple. The excavations also uncovered a Jewish ritual bath from the second temple and a mosaic believed to be a part of a Byzantine church.
And let’s not forget that Jerusalem is already the de facto capital of Israel, which came after Israel annexed Jerusalem following the six day war. But unfortunately the international community rejected the annexation and still refers to East Jerusalem as Palestinian territory illegally obtained by Israel.
The fact is that if a nation holds a territory and declares it the capital then that territory is the capital. The majority of people in Israel are Jewish. If Jerusalem was handed to the Palestinians, Jews would suffer. The list goes on.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu praised Trump for making the decision and called the move an “important step towards peace, for there is no peace that doesn’t include Jerusalem as the capital of the State of Israel.”