US Recognition of Jerusalem as Israeli Capital an 'Appropriate Step': US Ambassador

US Recognition of Jerusalem as Israeli Capital an 'Appropriate Step': US Ambassador

Indonesian President, Joko Widodo, leader of the world's largest Muslim-majority nation, on Thursday condemned the US decision to recognise Jerusalem as Israel's capital.

"President of the United States Donald Trump has announced the recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, Indonesia condemns this recognition", said Retno in her address to the 10th Bali Democracy Forum (BDF) in Indonesia Convention Exhibition in Tangerang, Indonesia.

"I want to make it clear that the consultation never happens".

USA ally Israel and Palestine both claim Jerusalem as their capital. Jerusalem has always been a place of pilgrimage for Christians, Jews and Muslims and has been coveted and fought over by empires from East and West throughout its long history. A kaffiyeh is a traditional scarf similar to the kind worn by the late Palestinian leader Yassir Arafat. "We urge the U.S.to reconsider the decision", Widodo said in a speech Thursday morning. "Recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel is not a recognition of the reality on the ground; it is an expression of support for Israeli policy, much of which is in contravention of global law".

China exports growth hits 8-month high, imports defy pollution curbs
The 2017 total is set to fall short of the record 4.94 million tonnes of imports in 2016 after a weak first half of the year. In dollar terms, exports advanced 12.3% year-over-year in November, well above the 5.9% rise economists had forecast.

Indonesia asserts that such action has violated the UN Security Council resolutions and would jeopardise the Palestinian-Israeli peace process.

Indonesia's position firmly rejects and condemns the action taken by the USA that moves its embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem which means recognising the holy city as the capital of Israel. While Israel celebrates the move (and Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu calls it "a historic day"), Palestinians are furious and emphasize that there can only be a peace deal if east Jerusalem becomes recognized as the capital of the independent Palestinian state (although there remains the possibility of the establishment of a two-state solution, meaning Jerusalem would become capital of both Israel and an independent Palestine).

Earlier Wednesday, Trump announced his decision despite widespread worldwide opposition to formally recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital.

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