DHAKA: Arabs and Muslims across the Middle East denounced the US recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital in an incendiary move taken by Washington, reports The Stuff.
The European Union and United Nations also voiced alarm at US President Donald Trump’s decision to move the US Embassy in Israel to Jerusalem and its repercussions for any chances of reviving Israeli-Palestinian peacemaking.
On the contrary, Trump described the move as "a long overdue step" to advance the Middle East peace process, overturning decades of official US policy.
Major US allies came out against Trump’s 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 Trump’s move. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu 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”.
Trump upended decades of US policy in defiance of warnings from around the world that the gesture risks aggravating conflict in the tinderbox Middle East.
Israel deems Jerusalem its eternal and indivisible capital dating to antiquity, and its status is one of the thorniest barriers to a lasting Israeli-Palestinian peace.
All Palestinian factions called for a general strike and protest rallies at midday on Thursday (December 7).
BDST: 1300 HRS, DEC 7, 2017