TEHRAN (defapress)- US allies and adversaries alike from Europe to the Middle East to Australia, lined up to condemn President Donald Trump’s decision to formally recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and to later move the US embassy there.
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Publish Date: 07December 2017 - 14:15
World leaders painted the decision as unilateral and outside
the vision of a negotiated peace between Israelis and Palestinians and warned
of heightened tensions or even violence across the Middle East, nbcnews
British Prime Minister Theresa May swiftly "disagreed” with
Trump's decision, saying in a statement that Jerusalem's fate should be decided
as "a negotiated settlement between the Israelis and the Palestinians, and
Jerusalem should ultimately be the shared capital of the Israeli and
"We regard East Jerusalem as part of the Occupied
Palestinian Territories," May said in the statement."
Saudi Arabia called the move an "irresponsible and
unwarranted step." A statement from the kingdom's Royal Court said the
move "represents a great bias against the historic and permanent rights of the
Palestinian people in Jerusalem, which have been affirmed by the relevant
international resolutions and have been recognized and supported by the
Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said "one
announcement by a country” does not make Jerusalem the capital of Israel and
called the decision a "dangerous step.”
Israel, meanwhile, thanked Trump for his "courageous
and just" decision. "There is no peace that doesn't include Jerusalem
as the capital of the state of Isreal," Isreali Prime Minister Benjamin
Netanyahu said in a video statement on Twitter.
Trump made the declaration on Wednesday from the Diplomatic
Reception Room in the White House. "Today we finally acknowledge the
obvious: That Jerusalem is Israel's capital," Trump said. "This is
nothing more or less than a recognition of reality. It is also the right thing
to do. It's something that has to be done."
The announcement broke from a decade’s long "hands off”
foreign policy approach by previous administrations and went against the advice
of international policy experts.
French President Emmanuel Macron called Trump's decision
"regrettable" and said it "contravenes international law and UN
Security Council resolutions."
The 28-member European Union also expressed "serious
concern" regarding the US decision without any input from the Palestinian
"The aspirations of both parties must be fulfilled and a way
must be found through negotiations to resolve the status of Jerusalem as the
future capital of both states,” said EU representative Federica Mogherini in a
statement on Wednesday.
Australia’s Foreign Minister Julie Bishop expressed concern
regarding "any unilateral action by either side which could add to
Protests erupted in several countries following Trump’s
announcement. Demonstrators burned American flags and effigies of Trump on the
streets of Gaza and Lebanon on Wednesday with more demonstrations expected
throughout the week.
The State Department issued an updated "worldwide caution”
to American citizens traveling abroad.
"As terrorist attacks, political upheaval, and violence
often take place without any warning, US citizens are strongly encouraged to
maintain a high level of vigilance and take appropriate steps to increase their
security awareness when traveling,” a statement issued shortly after the
president's announcement said.
Several nations concurrently offered a stance of support to
Palestinian leaders along with denunciations of the US decision.
Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El Sisi spoke with
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas over the phone on Wednesday and the two
discussed "the repercussions," according to a statement from the country's
Jordan, which has long been a US ally but also has a
significant population of Palestinian refugees, also backed the Palestinian
Authority along with its repudiation of Trump's declaration. In a statement
released by the Jordanian Embassy in Washington, DC, Jordan called Trump's move
a "violation of international legitimacy resolutions and the UN
Jordan's King Abdullah II is scheduled to meet with Abbas
later this week in Jordan to coordinate a response, the Associated Press
Jordan and the Palestinian National Authority have called
for an emergency meeting of the Arab League's Ministerial Council in Cairo on
Saturday to "coordinate positions on the U.S. decision and to agree on a
mechanism of collective action to reduce its adverse impact effects and contain
its consequences," the statement said.
The Arab League consist of 22 countries throughout the
UN Secretary-General António Guterres delivered a strong
rebuke of Trump's decision. "In this moment of great anxiety, I want to
make it clear: there is no alternative to the two-state solution. There is no
Plan B," Guterres said. "Jerusalem is a final status issue that must
be resolved through direct negotiations between the two parties."
The United Nations Security Council is also expected to
convene an emergency meeting on Friday at the request of eight member
countries, Bolivia, Egypt, France, Italy, Senegal, Sweden, United Kingdom and
Uruguay, that oppose Trump’s decision, according to Reuters.
"The UN has given Jerusalem a special legal and
political status, which the Security Council has called upon the international
community to respect,” said Deputy Swedish UN Ambassador Carl Skau, according
to Reuters. "That is why we believe the Council needs to address this issue