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Local Jewish community reacts to Trump's announcement.

Jewish people in the community told us Trump's acknowledgement of Jerusalem as Israel's capital marks a historic day.

Posted: Dec 6, 2017 11:27 PM
Updated: Dec 7, 2017 6:32 AM

ROCHESTER, Minn. - On Wedensday, President Trump recognized Jerusalem as Israel's capital. 

He also said he plans to move the U.S. Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. 

One local rabbi said this could create more conflict in the area. 

But Chaim Leker Locker, a Jewish man from Israel who now lives in Rochester, said this is not a political issue. 

"You can be from ... the left wing from the right wing, it doesn't really matter. But for every Israeli Jerusalem is the capital. And it's not the capital from the establishment of the state of Israel. It's the capital from the time of King David," he said. 

But Palestinians on the other side of this conflict feel the same way about the ancient city. 

After Trump's announcement, hundreds of Palestinians protested in Gaza. It's reported protestors had flags proclaiming Jerusalem as their "eternal capital."

Leker Locker said he hopes the international community will follow Trump's acknowledgement. 

"The United States of America as it's leading everything in the world ... they'll be the leaders and many, many countries will follow. That's our hope," he said. 

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