Trump recognises Jerusalem as Israel's capital

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While Arab nations have expressed public discontent, they may decide that their shared interests with the United States and Israel are too strategically important to genuinely jeopardize.

Palestine's envoy to the United Kingdom said on Wednesday that Trump's expected decision would be a declaration of war "against 1.5 billion Muslims (and) hundreds of millions of Christians that are not going to accept the holy shrines to be totally under the hegemony of Israel". Hamas urged Arabs and Muslims to "undermine USA interests in the region" and to "shun Israel".

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu delivers a speech on December 6, 2017, during a diplomatic conference organized by daily Israeli newspaper Jerusalem Post, in Jerusalem.

Israel seized the largely Arab eastern sector of Jerusalem during the 1967 Six-Day War and later annexed it, claiming both sides of the city as its capital.

United Nations spokesman Stephane Dujarric: "We have always regarded Jerusalem as a final-status issue that must be resolved through direct negotiations between the two parties based on relevant Security Council resolutions".

Guterres added that he had "consistently spoken out against any unilateral measures".

Turkey's foreign ministry responded to the move, calling it irresponsible and illegal.


"We call upon the US Administration to reconsider this faulty decision which may result in highly negative outcomes and to avoid uncalculated steps that will harm the multicultural identity and historical status of Jerusalem", the Turkish foreign ministry said in a statement.

Tje spokesman, Ibrahim Kalin, told reporters in Ankara that the meeting would convene, "to display joint action among Islamic countries".

Plunging further into a decades-long dispute over a city considered holy by Jews, Muslims and Christians, Trump will also order to begin planning to move the USA embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

Leader of Britain's Labour Party, Jeremy Corbyn, called Trump's decision "a reckless threat to peace". On Tuesday, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said Mr. Trump had told him it was his intention to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital. Germany said Jerusalem's status could be resolved on the basis of a two-state solution. The planned move has been strongly condemned by the global community.

President Donald Trump announced he officially recognizes Jerusalem as Israel's capital and will move the US embassy to the city.

Iran's foreign ministry in a statement said the U.S. action will "incite Muslims and inflame a new intifada and encourage extremism and violent behavior for which the responsibility will lie with (the United States) and the Zionist regime (Israel)".

Israel views the city as its undivided capital, with a Tuesday statement saying the city "is the capital of the Jewish people for 3,000 years and Israel's capital since 70 years".


It added that Trump's recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital did not change the city's legal status.

Critics say Trump's approach is more like "splitting the baby" and could also extinguish his own much-vaunted efforts to broker Middle East peace while igniting the flames of conflict in a region already reeling from crises in Lebanon, Syria, Iraq, Yemen and Qatar.

Earlier, the Palestinian authorities have reiterated their stance that there will be no sovereign state of Palestine without East Jerusalem as its capital.

Qatar's foreign minister, Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman al-Thani, said Trump's undertaking was a "death sentence for all who seek peace" and called it "a unsafe escalation".

Islamist movement Hamas, which controls Gaza and does not recognise Israel, calls Jerusalem the Palestinian capital.

"This decision is a regrettable decision that France does not approve of and goes against global law and all the resolutions of the UN Security Council", Macron told reporters at a news conference in Algiers.


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