The US President Donald trump made a statement that the U.S. recognizes Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and starts the process of moving the us Embassy in Israel from tel Aviv to Jerusalem.
Trump acknowledged Jerusalem as the capital of Israel
This writes the mediaUA citing Voice of America.
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Trump stressed that the delay in this matter has nothing to do with achieving peace in the middle East.
"It's time to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel," - said the President of the United States.
He also stressed that Israel has the right to determine its own capital. Trump said that Jerusalem is the seat of the Israeli government, its legislature and the Supreme court. Ahead of the speech, trump said that the upcoming move "long overdue".
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Meanwhile Arab and other Muslim States warn that causes heated discussions, the decision could increase tensions in the region and thwart US attempts to reach a peace agreement between the Arabs and Israel.
Pope Francis expressed "deep concern" about this decision, and Turkey convened a meeting of the Organization of Islamic cooperation, to coordinate the response. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, speaking Wednesday, did not mention this issue.
The Minister of foreign Affairs of great Britain, Boris Johnson has said that his country has no plans to move the Embassy from tel Aviv. "We note with concern reports because we believe that Jerusalem should become part of the final solution to the Palestinian-Israeli conflict – a negotiated settlement that we all want," said Johnson.
Arab and Muslim countries have warned that any decision to move the U.S. Embassy could heighten tensions in the region and undermine U.S. efforts to achieve Israeli-Arab peace agreement.
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The white house argues that the President recognizes the historical and contemporary reality.
To mitigate the potentially heavy blow, trump called on Tuesday the leaders of the five middle Eastern countries – the Prime Minister of Israel Benjamin Netanyahu, Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas, Jordan's king Abdullah, Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi and Saudi king Salman bin Abdul-Aziz al-Saud, to inform them of his decision.
Director of the Gulf countries in the Middle East Institute's Gerald Feierstein believes that the level of outrage about the decision trump will largely depend on its flow.
"If the President will just say: "We recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel," do not try to give further clarification and do not start the process of moving the Embassy, it's just empty sound," he said.
Thus, Feierstein, who served as U.S. Ambassador to Yemen, who later served as principal Deputy assistant Secretary of state for middle Eastern Affairs under former President Obama believes that if trump will go on, this may provoke a sharp reaction and cause substantial damage to peace efforts.
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"If what he said would be perceived as a recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital or in fact will be accepted and it will no longer adhere to the international position that Jerusalem should be divided, making East Jerusalem the capital of a Palestinian state on reaching agreement, it will have a very negative impact on the peace process – said the expert. The devil is in the details: it all depends on how relevant is this statement."