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this is bbc news. i'm reeta chakrabati. the headlines at 11: president trump breaks with decades of us foreign policy and recognises jerusalem as the capital of israel. ijudged this course of action to be in the best interests of the united states of america and the pursuit of peace between israel and the palestinians. the brexit secretary, david davis, reveals the government has done no formal assessments of the economic impact of leaving the eu. a man appears in court, accused of plotting to assassinate the prime minister and bomb downing street. and on newsnight, as trump crowns jerusalem israel's capital, we have the turkish presidents advisor, the israeli ambassador, palestinian and american voices, too. good evening and
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welcome to bbc news. president trump has abandoned decades of us foreign policy by recognising jerusalem as the capital of israel. it is arguably his most controversial decision since taking office and it's provoked expressions of concern and anger around the world. mr trump also approved plans to move the us embassy from tel aviv to jerusalem. the pope and the head of the united nations are among world leaders to voice their opposition. and the palestinian president mahmoud abbas warned of ‘dangerous consequences‘ for the entire region. in a moment, we'll have the latest from jerusalem, but first to washington, where our north america editor jon sopel has been following the day's events. the significance of the
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announcement. today, nearly 70 years on, donald trump becomes the first us president to recognise that the jerusalem is its capital. indeed, he becomes the first leader anywhere in the world to recognisejerusalem as its capital. it is a city that has long been fought over, it is a city that will be one of the keys to any future peace agreement. that is why today's announcement is so controversial. camera shutters click thank you. the president signing this or that proclamation has become a commonplace, but nothing he's put his name to is as consequential or historic as this. a decision that upends us policy to the middle east, the most troubled region in the world. past decisions had failed. it was time for a new approach. today, we finally acknowledge the obvious, thatjerusalem is israel's capital.
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this is nothing more or less than a recognition of reality. it is also the right thing to do. it's something that has to be done. it's a decision that the arab world and close at close allies cautioned against, but the president has gone ahead, and so he stressed his commitment to peace, whether via a two state solution or any other solution. we want an agreement that is a great dealfor the israelis and a great deal for the palestinians. we are not taking a position of any final status issues, including the specific boundaries of the israeli sovereignty in jerusalem, or the resolution of contested borders. demonstrations so far have been relatively low—key, but us citizens have been warned not to go to the west bank or the old city in jerusalem, the president
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well aware of the reaction this speech might provoke. so, today, we call for calm, for moderation, and for the voices of tolerance to prevail over the purveyors of hate. our children should inherit our love, not our conflicts. there has been a fierce international backlash to what the president is proposing, even though donald trump insists it's just accepting what is present—day reality. so far, the arab world, nato, the pope, the un, russia and turkey have spoken out against the move. the white house is on a charm offensive, but so far, the only country that has been charmed is israel. and onjerusalem's ancient walls, a very modern projection of israeli sentiment tonight. this is a historic day. we are profoundly grateful to the president for his courageous and just decision to recognise jerusalem as the capital of israel, and to prepare for
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the opening of the us embassy here. this decision reflects the president's commitment to an ancient but enduring truth, to fulfilling his promises and to advancing peace. six months ago, the palestinian leader hosted donald trump on his middle east tour. that early optimism replaced by disappointment today. translation: jerusalem is a palestinian city — christian, muslim, jewish — and it is the capital of the state of palestine forever. jerusalem, a city 6000 miles and two continents away from the us, was the subject of an unusual campaign pledge from donald trump to a very narrow constituency, to move the us embassy from tel aviv tojerusalem and recognise the ancient city as israel's capital, but in keeping that promise, he seems to have made his other goal of advancing middle east peace a whole lot more complicated. jon sopel, bbc news, washington.
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the city ofjerusalem is at the heart of the conflict between israel and the palestinians because both sides claim it as their own. back in 1948, israeli independece came after a war the arabs lost and 750,000 palestinians were expelled by israel orfled. when the shooting stopped, jerusalem was divided between israel and jordan. the israelis declared their side the capital. the rest of the world said thatjerusalem's final status was undecided. in 1967, after another war, the jordanians were forced out of the east side ofjerusalem, which includes the walled old city and jerusalem's most important holy sites. in 1993, israelis and palestinians
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embarked on a peace process and one of the key issues was the future ofjerusalem. palestinians want a capital of a future state in the east of the city. the peace process broke down and the current israeli government sasterusalem will not be divided. 0ur correspondent yolande knell considers the political and symbolic significance ofjerusalem. for many israelis, mr trump's formal recognition of israeli sovereignty overjerusalem corrects an historic injustice. this is a city with 3000 years ofjewish history — their seat of government. and there has long been frustration that the us, israel's closest ally, just has consulate offices here, not its embassy. now that is set to change and there are hopes that other countries will follow washington's lead. i expect the leaders of the free world to recognisejerusalem as the capital of israel. we recognise paris as the capital of france and berlin as the capital of germany.
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we expect our friends to recognise our own capital as what it is. about a third ofjerusalemites are palestinians. the old city here has some of the holiest sites for muslims and christians as well as jews. and palestinians want occupied eastjerusalem as the capital of their future state. they object to the us announcement. translation: as a palestinian, this is a mistake. jerusalem is the capital for the palestinian state. that is not negotiable. translation: there will be troubles over this. it will not pass smoothly. there will be opposition and there will be chaos. jerusalem is probably the most sensitive issue in the israel/palestinian conflict. this ancient city has great religious and political significance and we have seen many times howjust small changes made here can quickly flare up into unrest. during the summer there
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was deadly violence when israel put in new security measures at al—aqsa mosque compound, after two israeli policemen were killed there. these were later removed to keep the status quo. now palestinian officials say mr trump is raising tensions again. this is a declaration of war on palestine and the palestinians and a manifestation of the lack of fairness in handling the palestine file. a total bias towards israel. tonight, there were large protests in gaza, following the us president's speech. and there are calls for more in the coming days. yolande knell, bbc news, jerusalem. david davis, the brexit secretary, has been accused of gross negligence after admitting that the government has not tried to calculate the impact of brexit on the british economy. during the day, in a new attempt to unlock the brexit talks, the prime minister spoke to arlene foster of the dup,
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who forced the rescheduling of the talks earlier this week. her party rejects theresa may's proposals for the future of the northern ireland's border. our deputy political editor john pienaar reports. three, two, one. theresa may needs some comfort and joy in the cabinet in her party in ireland, north and south. if only everyone could sing from the same hymn sheet on brexit. her message, "start trade talks. we could all get what we want." we aim to deliver this as part of our overall trade deal between the united kingdom and the european union. labour is loving theresa may's troubles. brexit negotiations in a shambles. this government is clearly not fit for the future. tory brexiteers are ramping up the pressure, too. they say, no more concessions. will she apply a new coat of paint
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to her red lines because i fear on monday they were beginning to look a little bit pink? if we have a problem, would it help if i came over to brussels with you to sort them out? the dup heard mrs may's pledge to preserve the union but want more guarantees brexit means the same deal for the whole uk. can you give a specific commitment that nothing will be done that creates any barrier — constitutionally, politically, economically, or regulatory between northern ireland and the rest of the united kingdom? mrs may was on the phone to the dup leader today. but still no sign of agreement. in dublin, a clear threat. ireland's leader wants a promise of free trade and no hard north/south border. and he would veto the start of trade talks at next week's eu summit to get it. if it is not possible to move to phase two next week because of the problems that have arisen, then we can pick it up of course in the new year.
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the prime minister spoke to him on the phone today, too. still no sign of another meeting in brussels this week. the president of the european commission, jean—claude juncker‘s spokesman went so far today as to say his boss wanted to prevent mrs may's government from collapsing. so, how clear is britain's future after brexit? not at all, according to the brexit secretary today. david davis only handed over files on business and brexit reluctantly. mps accepted he had met the demands of the commons, but today he also told them no estimates of the cost to business had been done. it would be a game changer but guesswork was pointless. look at the chairman's face. so, there isn't one, for example, on the automotive sector? no. not that i am aware of. is there one on aerospace? not that i am aware of. no. on financial services? i think the answer will be no to all of them. no to all of them. right. and now a new cause for brexiteer tories to complain. the chancellor says
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britain will not shirk its divorce bill — deal or no deal. that's just not a credible scenario. it's not the kind of country we are. frankly, it would not make us a credible partner for future international agreements. but theresa may's team said there will be no deal, including cash, until brexit is agreed. tonight the goodwill is in short supply in the cabinet too. that wasjohn pienaar reporting. a man has appeared in court, accused of plotting to kill the prime minister in a bomb and knife attack on downing street. naa'imur zakariyah rahman, who's 20 and from north london, is alleged to have planned to bomb the security gates before attacking number 10. our home affairs correspondent june kelly reports. counterterrorism detectives moved in on two men last week. yesterday, they were charged, and this morning, amid high security, came their first court appearance. one is accused of planning
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to strike at the heart of the british government and assassinate theresa may. he's naa'imur zakariyah rahman, on the left. in the dock with him was mohammed aqib imran. in court came the outline of the prosecution case. naa'imur zakariyah rahman is 20 years old and told the court he was bangladeshi british. he is accused of planning to detonate an improvised explosive device — in other words, a bomb — here at the downing street gates. in the chaos that would follow, it's alleged that, equipped with a suicide vest, a pepper spray and a knife, he wanted to get down the street, into number 10 and kill the prime minister. he was arrested last tuesday in this road in west london. it is claimed that he had two inert improvised explosive devices in his possession. he's also accused of helping his co—defendant, mohammed aqib imran, to prepare terrorist acts. it's claimed he was planning to
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travel abroad to join is fighters. yesterday, the head of mi5 briefed the cabinet about the security situation. nine islamist—inspired plots are said to have been thwarted this year. the next hearing in this latest case will be in two weeks' time. june kelly, bbc news. that's a summary of the news, newsday is coming up at midnight. now on bbc news, it's time for newsnight with emily. they all told him not to. the united nations, the eu, even the pope. in gaza they reacted with anger. but trump insists it's the right thing to do. i have determined that it is time to officially recognisejerusalem as the capital of israel.


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