World denounces US shift on Jerusalem

Washington, Dec 7 (IANS): US President Donald Trump's recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital triggered global flak, including from some of America's closest allies, amid fears it could strengthen extremists and destroy the region's faltering peace process.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Trump's decision on Wednesday had made for a "historic day" and was "an important step towards peace". But furious Palestinians condemned it and warned that had diminished Washington's role as a peace mediator.

Palestine President Mahmoud Abbas called the decision "deplorable" and said it will not change Jerusalem's status as the "eternal capital of the State of Palestine".

Palestinians took to the streets in Gaza and the West Bank.

The hardline Hamas called for a "day of rage" on Friday and said the decision would "open the doors of hell" on US interests in the region.

In a landmark speech in Washington, Trump reversed decades of US policy in defiance of warnings that recognizing Jerusalem as the capital will derail the Israeli-Palestinian peace process and create further unrest in the Middle East.

Trump, fulfilling his campaign promise, said he had "judged this course of action to be in the best interests of the US and the pursuit of peace between Israel and the Palestinians".

He said he would tell the State Department to begin preparations to move the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. Trump said the US still supported a two-state solution to the long-standing Israeli-Palestinian conflict, if approved by both sides.

Several past US Presidents insisted that the status of Jerusalem -- home to sites holy to the Jewish, Muslim and Christian religions -- must be decided in negotiations between the two sides.

The UN Security Council will discuss the issue on Friday after eight of the 15 nations called for an emergency session. The Arab League will meet on Saturday.

The Arab and the wider Muslim world, including a number of US allies, condemned Trump's announcement.

The Saudi Royal Court warned of serious consequences of such an "irresponsible and unwarranted step". The United Arab Emirates expressed "deep concern" about the repercussions of the decision, WAM news agency reported.

Lebanon's pro-Hezbollah al-Akhbar newspaper declared "Death to America" on its front page on Thursday.

President Hassan Rouhani said Iran "will not tolerate a violation of Islamic sanctities. Muslims must stand united against this major plot".

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said the US decision was not only a violation of international law but also a severe blow to the conscience of humanity. Demonstrations erupted outside the US consulate in Istanbul.

Kuwait and Qatar, besides China and Pakistan, also came out against the US move.

India declined to comment, saying its position on Palestine "is independent and consistent".

UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres said it was "a moment of great anxiety". He said "there is no alternative to the two-state solution".

Pope Francis called for the city's "status quo" to be respected, saying new tensions in the Middle East would further inflame world conflicts.

British leader Theresa May disagreed with the US decision, which was "unhelpful in terms of prospects for peace in the region".

German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Emmanuel Macron both said their countries did not support the move. Canada said its embassy won't move to Jerusalem.

EU chief diplomat Federica Mogherini voiced "serious concern".

Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak called on Muslims worldwide to "make it clear that we strongly oppose" the US move. Indonesia's President Joko Widodo too slammed the US decision.

The Palestinians claim East Jerusalem as the capital of a future state, and according to the 1993 Israel-Palestinian peace accords, its final status is meant to be discussed in the latter stages of peace talks.

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  • Vivek, Hirebyle / Abu dhabi

    Thu, Dec 7 2017

    A true HUMAN!! will not support this Act of Trump........

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  • Mohammed, Mumbai

    Thu, Dec 7 2017

    1995, when Bill Clinton was President, Congress passed the Jerusalem Embassy Act, recognising the city as Israel’s capital. But while Presidents Clinton, Bush Jr and Obama have backed the law domestically, international realities have kept them from implementing it. Thus, the US President signs a waiver every six months, deferring the decision to move the embassy. On campaign, Trump promised to implement the Jerusalem Embassy Act. Speculation that he was close to delivering arose after he missed two deadlines to sign the waiver.

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  • Flavian, Mangaluru/Kuwait

    Thu, Dec 7 2017

    Modi would say, let them face their own fate
    I want India's position/relation with USA intact.
    My concern, how to handle two neighboring Giants.

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  • mohan sr., Mangalore

    Thu, Dec 7 2017

    Trump is a men of action.... He has done what he promised while election rallies......... And regarding Jerusalem ..... Its a holy place for Jews and christians .... Its nothing to do with muslims...... Better they should agree what is decided now and move for further peace in the region....

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  • Kiran D Souza, Mangalore

    Thu, Dec 7 2017

    Well done... Long live Trump.... Long live America & Israel.
    Frankly speaking world is tired of appeasement.

    Israel - India - America combine will rule rest of the world.

    Israel = Technology.
    America = Resources.
    India = Manpower.

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  • Ahmed K.C., Mangalore

    Thu, Dec 7 2017

    US always wants unrest in the world. That's how US get it's bread and butter.
    This is how US wants to sell weapons. It's a multi-billion dollar industry.
    Another essential thing is war. Some were some one should be bombed and destroyed.
    In the queue, North Korea, Iran, Pakistan so on.......

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  • mahesh, Mangalore

    Thu, Dec 7 2017

    Well, you forgot Saudi Arabia?
    Last year they bought 60 billions dollars of weapons from the US.

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  • Rajesh, Mulki

    Thu, Dec 7 2017

    Now that we know their intentions, we should become smart and should not buy weapons from them. That is only way to defeat their plan.We should fight nonviolently ...or better never fight at all..peace to all.

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Mumbai

    Thu, Dec 7 2017

    Tomorrow Trump can shift towards Pakistan ...

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  • Satya, Mangalore

    Thu, Dec 7 2017

    Reckless action by a man who does not understand the Middle East and the sensitivities of the people living there. With this decision he has made a mess of the peace accord. This decision will neither help Israel nor Palestine. Jerusalem is sacred to all three religions Judaism, Islam and Christianity. Trump has done this to please his ultra right wing support base in the US and to shore up his dwindling popularity, but these very same people have time and again shown traits of violent racism and anti-Semitism. No country will henceforth trust the US as a neutral and honest power broker. Therefore it is no surprise that all nations across the globe except for Israel have condemned this foolishness.

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  • Chris, Tel Aviv

    Thu, Dec 7 2017

    God bless Trump , everything prophecized in the Bible must be full filled, this is the will of God , Jerusalem was the capital of ancient Israel. God will grant victory to the Jews in the end , it's already written . No power on earth can change god's plan .God bless Israel.

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  • kas, Mangalore

    Thu, Dec 7 2017

    That is why 60 lakh jews were butchered by Hitler .....

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  • Chris, Tel Aviv

    Thu, Dec 7 2017

    When Jews handed over Jesus to the roman's for crucifixion, they said the blood of Jesus should be on them and on their children's hands , They received their punishment for refusing the son of god , but god will never abandon his chosen people , the suffering of Jews has ended , now they will not look back , they will conquer.

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  • mohammed, Khobar

    Thu, Dec 7 2017

    Its also written in islam saying... Muslims will defeat Jews and will be victorious at the end... Just time will say everything... Allah have calculated each and everything... we cannot change the future ...

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  • Chris, Tel Aviv

    Thu, Dec 7 2017

    😂😂😂😂 after so many humiliating defeats do they have the guts to even look at Israel? I don't think so .next time Israel will not pardon , Israel will wipe them off this world .

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  • shaji, calicut

    Thu, Dec 7 2017

    Days are now counted for this greatest ever hate monger. Dear Chris you may enjoy now but dont forget that Jews will be finished sooner or later and there will be no place for Jews in the world (this is as per original Bible. Please get a copy of original bible and read it). You are feeling happy now on the illogic, unwise and unrealistic statement from the hate monger. I am sure that Hitler did the right thing as he knew that jews are the worst human beings and he spared few of them to make known to the world about the nature of jews that they are the worst. You have established your country kiiling innocent palestinians. but dont worry that history will repeat and you will be dragged out of your land.

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  • Richard, India

    Thu, Dec 7 2017

    Hatred towards Israel is so much that there is no natural explanation for it. As Christians, we know that Satan hates Israel and Jews because Lord Jesus Christ, the messiah of the world came from them. Satan used many demonic people like Hitler to pour out the revenge on these people.
    People who bless Israel will be blessed, going by the history of evidence.

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  • ashok, mangalore

    Thu, Dec 7 2017

    Jerusalem & Babri Masjied well Planned hidden agenda

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