US asks Israel to restrain response to Jerusalem move

US asks Israel to restrain response to Jerusalem move”

Ever since it captured (and later annexed) East Jerusalem in the 1967 six-day war, Israel has claimed the city as its "eternal and undivided" capital, and have longed for international recognition.

"That they claim they want to announce Quds as the capital of occupied Palestine is because of their incompetence and failure", Khamenei said, using the Arabic name for Jerusalem.

Despite urgent appeals from Arab and European leaders and the risk of anti-American protests and violence, Trump declared that he was ending an approach that for decades has failed to advance the prospects for peace. "Acknowledging this as a fact is a necessary condition for achieving peace". But they quickly reneged upon taking office and assuming the burden of war and peace.

"I cannot silence my deep concern over the situation that has emerged in recent days", Pope Francis said, a day after speaking by phone with Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas. Qatar's Emir Sheikh Tamim Al Thani told Trump that declaring Jerusalem Israel's capital will erode stability in the Middle East, Al-Jazeera television reported.

Most of the international community does not formally recognise Jerusalem as Israel's capital, insisting the issue can only be resolved in negotiations.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu delivers a speech on Dec. 6, 2017, during a diplomatic conference organized by daily Israeli newspaper Jerusalem Post, in Jerusalem. Nir Barkat, the city's mayor, said on Wednesday "here in Jerusalem and Israel we applaud the president" and if people became violent "they will pay a heavy price".

US officials talk of "threading the needle" - fulfilling Trump's campaign pledge, while keeping the peace process on the rails.

But politicians across the Middle East and Europe expressed their opposition, led by Palestinian officials.

Moving the embassy could therefore be a process that takes years, requiring immense planning and security considerations as the U.S. looks for a new site to host its diplomatic staff.

Defense Secretary Jim Mattis and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson also reportedly cautioned that the move could endanger American diplomats and troops stationed in the Middle East and Muslim nations, The Associated Press reported.

"The president will reiterate how committed he is to peace", a senior administration official said.

A range of world leaders issued further warnings.

"I have consistently spoken out against any unilateral measures that would jeopardize the prospect of peace for Israelis and Palestinians", Guterres said.

Patriarch Theophilos III, the Greek Orthodox patriarchate, widely seen as the most senior Christian figure in Jerusalem, and a dozen other church leaders in the Holy Land, sent a letter to Trump on Wednesday warning of "irreparable harm".

Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop said the government had no plans to relocate Australia's Israeli embassy, which is currently located in Tel Aviv, and that Australia's Ramallah embassy in the Palestinian Authority would also remain. "The Holy Land is for us Christians the land par excellence of dialogue between God and mankind", he said.

His comments came one day after Turkey's president, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, said Jerusalem is a "red line" for the Muslim world and threatened to cut ties with Israel.

Tje spokesman, Ibrahim Kalin, told reporters in Ankara that the meeting would convene, "to display joint action among Islamic countries".

Trump was pushed to act on the embassy as a result of a 1995 law, which stated that the city "should be recognized as the capital of the state of Israel" and the US embassy be moved there.

"It is a violation of international law to take a decision supporting Israel while Palestinian society's wounds are still bleeding", the Turkish president said in an address to Parliament today.

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