The Jerusalem municipality projected the American and Israeli flags on the Old City walls Wednesday as Trump announced the U.S. would formally recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.
NOW: Jerusalem Old City walls light up in colors of Israeli and American flags as Trump to declare Jerusalem capital of Israel. pic.twitter.com/uu6s1LNRR3— Israel Breaking (@IsraelBreaking) December 6, 2017
"After more than two decades of waivers, we are no closer to a lasting peace agreement between Israel and the Palestinians. It would be folly to assume that repeating the exact same formula would now produce a different or better result," Trump said Wednesday while making the expected announcement. "Therefore, I have determined that it is time to officially recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel."
Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat said the gesture is a show of appreciation and connection between the American and Israeli people.
“As a gesture and expression of the courageous friendship between the American people and the people of Israel, we decided to project the American and Israeli flags onto the walls of Jerusalem’s Old City, the ultimate symbol of the strength of the Jewish people’s connection to Jerusalem for over 3,000 years,” Barkat said in a statement obtained by the Times of Israel.
The walls of Jerusalem surround the Old City of Jerusalem, which were originally intended for the city's defense, now serve as a popular historic tourist attraction.