AP condemns US Pres. decision to declare Jerusalem as Israel's capital

The Palestinian Legislative Council held in Gaza on 27 July 2017

Leaders from across the Middle East condemned on Thursday President Trump's decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital, with US allies and foes alike denouncing the move as reckless and likely to ignite further violence in the region. Trump, he said, was trying to "stir things in the region".

"The Muslim Council of Elders stresses that this decision is illegitimate and completely unacceptable, that it is against all the laws and global conventions which stipulate that Jerusalem is an integral part of the whole occupied territories of Palestine". Most Christian tradition holds that the church is located at the site of the Crucifixion and burial of Jesus.

Wisma Putra in a statement yesterday said such a decision would put to an end all efforts made towards a resolution of Palestinian question. "And, excluding other people putting up walls, putting up barriers not allowing Palestinians, the native people, to have access to city". "Might can not be right", Wisma Putra added.

"Our solemn advice and plea is for the United States to continue recognizing the present worldwide status of Jerusalem".

During the Catholicosate's World General National Assembly's visit with Lebanese President General Michel Aoun on Thursday, Aram I said that the move to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital may have negative repercussions in a volatile region of the Middle East and may jeopardize the ongoing peace process. For many years, visiting American diplomats met their Israeli counterparts in Jerusalem... Today, we acknowledge that Jerusalem is the Israeli capital.

Two rockets fired on Israel land in Gaza
Hundreds of Palestinians protested on Thursday by burning posters of Trump, Israel's prime minister and the Israel and US flags. Hamas' leader Ismail Haniyeh told Palestinians to rise against Israel, saying Trump's decision declares war against Palestine.

"Any sudden changes would cause irreparable harm", they said, and voiced their confidence that with adequate support, both Israelis and Palestinians "can work towards negotiating a sustainable and just peace" that is beneficial for all sides.

Recognizing Jerusalem as Israel's capital, they said, will only lead to "increased hatred, conflict, violence and suffering in Jerusalem and the Holy Land, moving us father from the goal of unity and deeper toward destructive division".

Israel has traditionally recognized Jerusalem as its capital. Israeli sovereignty over Jerusalem has never been recognized by the global community, and all countries with diplomatic relations have their embassies in Tel Aviv.

In Iraq, Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi, a close US partner in the fight against the Islamic State, called on Trump to reverse the decision, warning that it could further destabilize the region.

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