Swamy does a Trump, wants India's Embassy in Israel to be in Jersualem

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Swamy does a Trump, wants India's Embassy in Israel to be in Jersualem

"Israel has international recognition of a part of Jerusalem as its territory, hence India should shift its Embassy to this part of the city," Subramanian Swamy tweeted.

India's embassy in Israel should be moved to Jerusalem, BJP MP Subramanian Swamy said Wednesday - barely a couple of hours before US President Donald Trump ordered his administration to prepare to move America's embassy to the ancient city.

Trump also made a historic announcement - he said it was time for the US to recognise Jerusalem (and not Tel Aviv, where both the US and Indian embassies are currently located) as Israel's capital.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said his country would be "forever grateful."

Here's what Subramanian Swamy said.

Jerusalem is at the center of the Israeli-Arab conflict, and any perceived harm to Muslim claims to the city has triggered volatile protests in the past - both in the Holy Land and across the Muslim world.

Soon after Trump's announcement, the Palestinian Islamist group Hamas urged Arabs and Muslims to 'undermine' the US in the region, and shun Israel, the news agency Reuters said in a Twitter alert.

In Turkey's capital Istanbul, protesters rallied outside the US diplomatic mission after the announcement.

Until now, the US has never endorsed the Jewish state's claim of sovereignty over any part of Jerusalem and has insisted its status be resolved through Israeli-Palestinian negotiation.

Trump's recognition could be viewed as America discarding that longstanding position and siding with Israel at a time that the president's son-in-law, Jared Kushner, has been trying to midwife a new peace process into existence.

WATCH | Excerpt from Trump's announcement on Jerusalem (Courtesy: Reuters/Twitter)

LIVE: Trump says it is time the U.S. recognizes Jerusalem as Israel's capital https://t.co/EYAj7z5vVX pic.twitter.com/PudkHmXlFu

- Reuters Live (@ReutersLive) December 6, 2017

(Inputs from AP and Reuters)