World condemns Trump Jerusalem announcement
Published : Thursday, 7 December, 2017 at 10:03 AM Count : 885
The US Donald Trumpâ€™s decision Wednesday to recognise Jerusalem as Israelâ€™s capital has drawn sharp criticism, with the significant exception of Israel.
Here are key reactions from around the world:
Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas said the US could no longer play the role of peace broker after Trumpâ€™s decision.
â€œThese deplorable and unacceptable measures deliberately undermine all peace efforts,â€ Abbas said in a speech.
â€˜Destroys two-state solutionâ€™ -
The secretary-general of the Palestine Liberation Organisation said Trump had destroyed any hopes for a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
â€œHe destroyed the two-state solution,â€ Saeb Erekat, who long served as the Palestiniansâ€™ top negotiator, told journalists.
â€˜Open gates of hellâ€™
Hamas said Trumpâ€™s decision would â€œopen the gates of hellâ€ on US interests in the region.
â€œThis decision will open the gates of hell on US interests in the region,â€ Ismail Radwan, an official with the Palestinian Islamist movement that runs the Gaza Strip, told journalists.
â€˜Unjustified and irresponsibleâ€™
Saudi Arabia slammed Trumpâ€™s move as â€œunjustified and irresponsibleâ€ and said the decision goes against the â€œhistorical and permanent rights of the Palestinian peopleâ€.
â€œThe kingdom has already warned of the serious consequences of such an unjustified and irresponsible move,â€ said a Saudi royal court statement carried by the official Saudi Press Agency.
Iran condemned the US move, saying it threatened a â€œnew intifadaâ€, or uprising, against Israel.
â€œThe provocative and unwise decision by the US... will provoke Muslims and inflame a new intifada and an escalation of radical, angry and violent behaviour,â€ the foreign ministry said on its website.
UN against â€˜unilateral measuresâ€™
UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres implicitly criticised Trumpâ€™s announcement, warning that Jerusalemâ€™s status must be resolved through direct Israeli-Palestinian negotiations.
â€œFrom day one as secretary general of the United Nations, I have consistently spoken out against any unilateral measures that would jeopardise the prospect of peace for Israelis and Palestinians,â€ Guterres said.
The office of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad dismissed Trumpâ€™s move, saying in a statement it would not dim the â€œPalestinian causeâ€.
â€œThe future of Jerusalem is not set by a state or a president, but by its history, will, and the determination of those loyal to the Palestinian cause which will stay alive in the conscience of the Arab homeland until the establishment of a Palestinian state with Jerusalem as its capital,â€ it said.
â€˜Rejected by Arab worldâ€™
Lebanonâ€™s Prime Minister Saad Hariri vowed his countryâ€™s â€œhighest degrees of solidarity with the Palestinian people and its right to establish an independent state with Jerusalem as its capitalâ€.
â€œThe American decision to recognise Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and to move the embassy there is a step that is rejected by the Arab world and risks spilling dangers over into the region,â€ he said.
â€˜Violation of international lawâ€™
Jordan condemned Trumpâ€™s recognition of Jerusalem as amounting to a violation of international law and the UN charter.
â€œThe decision of the American president to recognise Jerusalem as Israelâ€™s capital and the transfer of the US embassy to this city constitutes a violation of decisions of international law and the United Nations charter,â€ said government spokesman Mohammed Momani.
Turkey slammed Trumpâ€™s Jerusalem announcement.
â€œWe condemn the irresponsible statement of the US administration... the decision is against international law and relevant UN resolutions,â€ Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu wrote on Twitter.
â€˜Unhelpful for peaceâ€™
Prime Minister Theresa May said the British government disagreed with Trumpâ€™s decision, saying it was â€œunhelpfulâ€ for peace efforts.
â€œWe disagree with the US decision to move its embassy to Jerusalem and recognise Jerusalem as the Israeli capital,â€ she said in a statement. â€œWe believe it is unhelpful in terms of prospects for peace in the regionâ€.
French President Emmanuel Macron branded Trumpâ€™s stance as â€œregrettableâ€ and called for efforts to â€œavoid violence at all costsâ€.
Macron affirmed â€œthe attachment of France and Europe to the two-state solution, Israel and Palestine living side by side in peace and security within internationally recognised borders, with Jerusalem as the capital of the two states.â€
Merkel â€˜does not supportâ€™
German Chancellor Angela Merkel said through her spokesman that she â€œdoes not supportâ€ Trumpâ€™s reversal of decades of US policy.
â€œThe status of Jerusalem can only be negotiated within the framework of a two-state solution,â€ spokesman Steffen Seibert wrote on Twitter.
The European Unionâ€™s chief diplomat Federica Mogherini voiced â€œserious concernâ€ at Trumpâ€™s new stance on Jerusalem.
â€œThe aspirations of both parties must be fulfilled and a way must be found through negotiations to resolve the status of Jerusalem as the future capital of both states,â€ Mogherini said, referring to Israelis and Palestinians.
Israel salutes â€˜historicâ€™ day -
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu hailed Trumpâ€™s recognition as â€œhistoricâ€ and a â€œcourageous and just decisionâ€.
Netanyahu also pledged no change to the status quo at Jerusalemâ€™s highly sensitive holy sites in the city, sacred to Jews, Christians and Muslims.