Jerusalem Status: World Condemns Trump’s Announcement

Traditional US allies are among a growing chorus condemning President Trump’s decision to recognise Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.

Saudi Arabia called it “unjustified and irresponsible”, while France and the UK said they did not support the decision.

But Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu hailed it as “a historic day”.

President Trump’s move reversed decades of US policy. The fate of Jerusalem is one of the thorniest issues between Israel and the Palestinians.

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas denounced Donald Trump’s move as “deplorable”.

Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza Strip are expected to hold a day of strikes and protests on Thursday.

The UN Security Council is to discuss the issue on Friday after eight of the 15 nations called for an emergency session. The Arab League is to meet on Saturday.

What did Trump say?

The US president said on Wednesday he had “judged 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”.

He said he was directing the US state department to begin preparations to move the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

Despite warnings of regional unrest over any such move, the decision fulfils a campaign promise and appeals to Mr Trump’s right-wing base.

“Today, I am delivering,” the US leader said.

Recognising Jerusalem as Israel’s capital was “nothing more or less than a recognition of reality”, he added. “It is also the right thing to do.”

He said the US still supported a two-state solution to the longstanding Israeli-Palestinian conflict, if approved by both sides, which would essentially see the creation of an independent Palestinian state living alongside Israel.

What do Israel and the Palestinians say?

In response, Mr Netanyahu said Israel was profoundly grateful to President Trump.

“Jerusalem has been the focus of our hopes, our dreams, our prayers for three millennia,” he tweeted.

The Republican Jewish Coalition thanked the president in a New York Times ad.

The US has asked Israel to temper its response to Mr Trump’s announcement because Washington expects a backlash, Reuters news agency reports citing a state department document.

Mahmoud Abbas said the city was the “eternal capital of the state of Palestine”.

He called Mr Trump’s announcement “deplorable”, saying the US could no longer be a peace broker.

There were demonstrations in Gaza ahead of the announcement, and the Palestinian authorities in both the West Bank and Gaza have called for a general strike and rallies to be held on Thursday.

The Islamist movement Hamas, which runs the Gaza Strip and has called for a “day of rage” on Friday, said Mr Trump’s decision would “open the doors of hell” on US interests in the region.

What does the rest of the world say?

The Arab and the wider Muslim world – including a number of US allies – condemned Mr Trump’s announcement.

Demonstrations have already taken place outside the US consulate in Istanbul, Turkey.

“The US move represents a significant decline in efforts to push a peace process and is a violation of the historically neutral American position on Jerusalem,” the Saudi royal court said.

Malaysian PM Najib Razak called on Muslims everywhere to “make it clear that we strongly oppose” the US move.

UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres said it was “a moment of great anxiety”. He said “there is no alternative to the two-state solution”.

In other reaction:

  • British PM Theresa May said she disagreed with the US decision, which was “unhelpful in terms of prospects for peace in the region”
  • German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Emmanuel Macron both said their countries did not support the move
  • EU chief diplomat Federica Mogherini voiced “serious concern”

Why is the announcement significant?

Mr Trump’s announcement puts the US at odds with the rest of the international community’s view on Jerusalem’s status.

The Palestinians claim East Jerusalem as the capital of a future state, and according to the 1993 Israel-Palestinian peace accords, its final status is meant to be discussed in the latter stages of peace talks.

  • What are the alternatives to a two-state solution?

Israeli sovereignty over Jerusalem has never been recognised internationally, and all countries maintain their embassies in Tel Aviv.

Jerusalem contains sites sacred to the three major monotheistic faiths – Judaism, Islam and Christianity.

East Jerusalem, which includes the Old City, was annexed by Israel after the Six Day War of 1967, but before now it has not been internationally recognised as part of Israel.  Source: Pocket News

 

 

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  4. Arabs and Islamic world is trying to still a land God gave Isreal many years ago. The devil is trying to steal the land flowing with milk and honey which GOD gave to Abraham and his seed Isaac. Jerusalem has always been the capital of Isreal it is the holy City for the Christians. Whether or not it is or was declared capital of Isreal the facts remains that Jerusalem is Isreals territory and not for any Arab nation.

    • But do you know that Israel is not a Christian nation? 90% of Israelites practice Judaism not Christianity. So don’t try to be sentimental. Arabic is even one of the official languages in Israel, that tells u that they have Arabs as citizens. U will do yourself some good by reading about the 1964 declaration of Israel as a state by the then American president.

  5. It has a mosque.. Masjid aqsa which is the first mosque built in islam.. And the first religious building built. That land is palestinian land.. For centuries thats how it has been.. Now all of a sudden we start sayin its israels land.. Its not even recognised internationaly.. We should learn not to snatch people’s land, “thou shalt not steal” lets try keepin to the teachings

    • Let me start by enlighten you that Jerusalem has been the heritage of Christianity since God gave the land to Israelite during the era of Joshua. Islam took the place with war years after the death of Jesus Christ when jews were forcefully ejected out of Israel and built the biggest mosque on the spot where the temple of Solomon was built. To fulfill the prophecy made by Jesus in the Bible,in the book of Matthew that a time will come when no stone will remain on each other on that spot. Jerusalem is for Israel and not Palestine

  6. The Muslims have the land of Mecca as they claimed to be their holy land and they are dragging Jerusalem which stands out as d Holy land of d christian faith.What do d Muslims really want.As far as Am concerned Trump did something very historic which other past and present world Leaders did not have d clout to do because of d consideration and value they have in economy of d Arabs more especially their oil.But Trump being the God sent has come to accomplish what seems impossible.It seems not okay now but later d world will see d lasting peace this decision will bring.Let d Arabs understand that d history of Israel dated back to pre-roman conquest of the people of Israelites when David and other Rulers of Israel were in full control of d city of Jerusalem without any adverse claim by d Palestinians.The world is dire need of people like President Trump who will call spade a spade and do d needful to settle agelong sensitive issues without fear and intimidation.”By strength shall no man prevail but by d spirit of our God”as our holy Bible pointed out.If God be for us nobody can be against us.Let peace reign in d middle east d starting point of God’s creation in Jesus name.Amen.

  7. Jerusalem belong to Palestine not israel that one is crystal clear to any psychotic individual who lives any where on globe.friends whether the first psychotic president recognise it or not our stand is no one can bring any embassy here in jerusalem

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