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Harsh Criticism Trails Trumps Recognition Of Jerusalem As Israel’s Capital

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December 7, 2017 – Harsh Criticism Trails Trumps Recognition Of Jerusalem As Israel’s Capital

Pope, UN, EU & Others Condemns President Trump

A group of world leaders criticized the Trump administration’s decision on Wednesday to officially recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel as a dangerous disruption that contravenes several United Nations resolutions and could inflame one of the world’s thorniest conflicts.

Secretary General António Guterres and Pope Francis both expressed alarm that the announcement would provoke new tensions in the Holy City, which is revered by Jews, Christians and Muslims.

Within minutes of Mr. Trump’s speech, in which he said the American Embassy would be moved from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, Mr. Guterres delivered what amounted to a diplomatic rebuke.

Reading a statement outside the Security Council chambers at United Nations headquarters in New York, Mr. Guterres criticized “any unilateral measures that would jeopardize the prospect of peace for Israelis and Palestinians,” underscoring the administration’s departure from decades of American policy.

“Jerusalem is a final-status issue that must be resolved through direct negotiations between the two parties on the basis of the relevant Security Council and General Assembly resolutions, taking into account the legitimate concerns of both the Palestinian and the Israeli sides,” Mr. Guterres said.

“In this moment of great anxiety, I want to make it clear: there is no alternative to the two-state solution,” he said. “There is no Plan B.”

In Rome, Pope Francis prayed that Jerusalem’s status be preserved and needless conflict avoided.

“I cannot remain silent about my deep concern for the situation that has developed in recent days,” Francis said at his weekly general audience at the Vatican. “And at the same time, I wish to make a heartfelt appeal to ensure that everyone is committed to respecting the status quo of the city, in accordance with the relevant resolutions of the United Nations.”

“Jerusalem is a unique city,” he said, “sacred to Jews, Christians and Muslims, where the Holy Places for the respective religions are venerated, and it has a special vocation to peace.”

In especially strong language, the pope added, “I pray to the Lord that such identity be preserved and strengthened for the benefit of the Holy Land, the Middle East and the entire world, and that wisdom and prudence prevail, to avoid adding new elements of tension in a world already shaken and scarred by many cruel conflicts.”

The European Union’s top diplomat, Federica Mogherini, expressed concern about “the repercussions this may have on the prospect of peace.”

[Report Credit: The New York Times]



  1. iron bar

    December 7, 2017 at 5:14 AM


    • Metu Nyetu

      December 7, 2017 at 7:55 AM

      I LOVE your comment@Iron Bar. But I fear this happening is a prelude to the whole world rising against Israel, and the peace that would be brokered thereafter would usher in the New World Other (NWO) that we’ve been hearing about. The world is gradually shutting down!

  2. Jaiyeoba

    December 7, 2017 at 5:22 AM

    This guy has finished america. He is just the wrong candidate. Clinton would have done a better job

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  4. Omoluabi

    December 7, 2017 at 5:41 PM

    Iron Bar, you need not wander away too far from history. Bible narration of ownership of the holy city of Jerusalem was ******. Mind you, it was in 1967 war that Israel fought Jordan, the administrator of the city. They annexed it to the end they grabbed from Palestinians. Remember, it was both Britain and America that resettled Israel back to that area after Adolph Hitler of Germany nearly sent them into extinction in 1945. The questions kept bothering me where could be the original location of Israel before being resettled back to Palestinian land in 1945. Where was then the Jerusalem that was existing before in the bible. ********** It was later discovered later that Israel originated from Europe not where they found themselves now.History confirmed it that even Europeans rejected them while searching for where to resettle after carnage of Hitler. It was only Palestinian that accommodated them without knowing that they were allowing parasitic cancer into their system. Mind you, Donald Trump’s declaration will never work as both Christian and Muslim will never allow such step to materialized. Past administration had tried it but failed. This one also is deemed to failure. **********************. Israelites are not Christians nor Muslims but Judaism is their religion and hates both other religions.

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