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UN rejects Trump's recognition of Jerusalem

Date: Dec 7, 2017

Arabs and Muslims across Middle East on Wednesday condemned the United States recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital as an incendiary move in volatile region and Palestinians said Washington was abandoning its leading role as a peace mediator.

The European Union and United Nations also voiced concern at United States President's decision to move the US Embassy in Israel to Jerusalem.

Major US allies came out against US President reversal of decades of US and broad international policy on Jerusalem. France rejected the "unilateral" decision while appealing for calm in the region. Britain said the move would not help peace efforts and Jerusalem should ultimately be shared by Israel and a future Palestinian state.

Germany said Jerusalem’s status could only be resolved on the basis of a two-state solution. Israel, by contrast, applauded US President’s move. Prime Minister said in a pre-recorded video message that it was "an important step towards peace" and it was "our goal from Israel’s first day".

He added that any peace accord with the Palestinians would have to include Jerusalem as Israel's capital and he urged other countries to follow Trump's example.

US President upended decades of US policy in defiance of warnings from around the world that the gesture risks aggravating conflict in the tinderbox Middle East. The status of Jerusalem is home to sites holy to the Muslim, Jewish and Christian faiths.

Its eastern sector was captured by Israel in a 1967 war and annexed in a move not recognized internationally. Palestinians claim East Jerusalem for the capital of an independent state they seek.

--Reuters--

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