With President Donald Trump considering moving the US Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, the Arab League, Turkey, and Jordan have warned against it this stating the move that could fuel violence across the region.
The warnings come as US President Donald Trump considers moving the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, effectively recognizing the ancient city as Israel’s capital despite Palestinian claims to East Jerusalem.
Monday was the deadline for a decision on the move, but the White House said Monday evening that Trump had delayed his choice by several days.
“The president has been clear on this issue from the get-go; that it’s not a matter of if, but a matter of when,” White House spokesman Hogan Gidley said.
Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman on Monday urged Trump to take the “historic opportunity” to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, saying he hopes to “see an American embassy here in Jerusalem next week or next month.”
The status of Jerusalem has been a key stumbling block during previous peace negotiations between Israelis and Palestinians, in particular regarding the question of how to divide sovereignty and oversee holy sites. Another major issue is illegal Israeli settlements in the West Bank.
The international community has never recognized Jerusalem as Israel’s capital or its unilateral annexation of territory around the city’s eastern sector, which it captured during the 1967 Six-Day War.
The Arab League neglects to mention that the “peace process” that they tout, when it is convenient for them has a major stumbling block. The Palestinians deny Israel’s right to exist. So arguing over where they choose their capital is really rather secondary.
However, in truth, all religious parties, Muslim, Jewish, Christian have rightful claims to the area. The only true way is to have Jerusalem open to all, which it is right now. By turning over the city to the Palestinian Authority, would be an end to that.
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