The U.S. Recognition of Jerusalem Prompts Negative International Reaction

The U.S. President Donald Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as the capital city of Israel has prompted a worldwide negative reaction.

The U.S. President Trump declared Jerusalem as the capital city of Israel on 6 December. Donald Trump said, “I have determined that it is time to officially recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. While previous presidents have made this a major campaign promise, they failed to deliver. Today, I am delivering.”

His declaration has attracted massive outcry in Palestine. The Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said, “These deplorable and unacceptable measures deliberately undermine all peace efforts.” 

He demanded that with this declaration the United States is “abdicating its role as a peace mediator.”

The Palestinian Islamist group Hamas said Trump’s move would “open the gates of hell on US interests in the region”.

“Our Palestinian people everywhere will not allow this conspiracy to pass, and their options are open to defending their land and their sacred places,” the Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh said. 

Turkish Foreign Minister said this “decision is against international law and relevant UN resolution as the annexation of Jerusalem by Israel has been rejected by the international community and the UN.”

The Arab League denounced the move as “a dangerous measure that would have repercussions” and questioned the U.S. role as a “trusted mediator”. 

Pope Francis said,  “I cannot silence my deep concern over the situation that has emerged in recent days. At the same time, I appeal strongly for all to respect the city’s status quo, in accordance with the relevant UN resolutions.”

The UN boss Antonio Guterres said President Trump’s move”would jeopardize the prospect of peace for Israelis and Palestinians”

The European Union urged for “resumption of a meaningful peace process towards a two-state solution.” The EU said, “a way must be found, through negotiations, to resolve the status of Jerusalem as the future capital of both states, so that the aspiration of both parties can be fulfilled.”

The British Prime Minister Theresa May said the U.S. declaration is “unhelpful in terms of prospects for peace in the region.”

May said in a statement as BBC quoted, “The British embassy to Israel is based in Tel Aviv and we have no plans to move it. Our position on the status of Jerusalem is clear and longstanding: it should be determined in a negotiated settlement between the Israelis and the Palestinians, and Jerusalem should ultimately be the shared capital of the Israeli and Palestinian states. In line with relevant [UN] Security Council Resolutions, we regard East Jerusalem as part of the Occupied Palestinian Territories.”

 

 


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