In what is being hailed by Israeli media as an "unexpected, unprecedented, and curious move", Russian Federation has said it envisions West Jerusalem as the future capital of Israel and East Jerusalem to be the capital of a future Palestinian state.
Israel declared Jerusalem its capital in 1950, but Russian Federation is the first nation to recognize it as such, according to The Jerusalem Post.
"Moscow reaffirms its support for the two-state solution as an optimal option that meets the national interests of the Palestinian and Israeli people, both of whom have friendly relations with Russian Federation, and the interests of all other countries in the region and the worldwide community as a whole", it said.
After explaining that it is "deeply concerned" about the absence of active negotiations between Israel and the Arabs on the creation of an Arab state in Judea and Samaria, Russia spelled out its stance on Jerusalem.
But as the Trump administration considers whether or not to move the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, it's worth remembering that while the USA was the first to de facto recognize Israel 11 minutes after its creation, the Soviet Union was the first country to recognize Israel by law.
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While officials in Jerusalem interpreted the statement to mean that recognition of west Jerusalem as Israel's capital will only come once east Jerusalem becomes the capital of a Palestinian state, The Jerusalem Post has reported that Moscow "intends for this recognition to go into effect immediately".
Israeli soldiers abducted, overnight and at dawn Sunday, at least seventeen Palestinians in different parts of occupied East Jerusalem, in the West Bank, during extensive and violent searches of homes and property. Presidents Bill Clinton, George W. Bush, and Barack Obama did not recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital, claiming the congressional act infringed on the executive branch's authority over foreign policy. While Russia means for this declaration to be effective immediately, "there is now no intention ... of moving Russia's embassy to Jerusalem".
The Israeli Foreign Ministry said that they were "studying the matter", but the news was taken as a friendly overture from Russian Federation in the local media.
Israeli army also detained seven Palestinians from the district of Hebron in the occupied West Bank and one from Bethlehem.
It added: 'The concrete parameters of a solution for the entire range of issues regarding the status of Palestinian territories, including Jerusalem, should be coordinated at the direct talks between the parties involved.