World Friends and foes of the U.S. denounce Trump’s Jerusalem move

00:41  08 december  2017
00:41  08 december  2017 Source:   MSN

Trump likely to delay move of U.S. Embassy in Israel to Jerusalem: official

  Trump likely to delay move of U.S. Embassy in Israel to Jerusalem: official President Donald Trump is likely to waive a requirement that the United States move its embassy in Israel to Jerusalem, but is weighing other options to make clear his intent to do so eventually, a senior administration official said on Thursday. Trump pledged on the campaign trail last year that he would move the embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, a long-time goal of Republican politicians.But in keeping with recent practice, Trump in June waived the requirement to avoid inflaming tensions in the Middle East.

The grand imam of Egypt’ s al-Azhar, the premier seat of Sunni learning, also rejected the move , accusing Trump of denying Palestinians their right to Jerusalem . At the U . S . Embassy in the Jordanian capital, Amman, on Thursday, protesters denounced the United States, chanting against

President Donald Trump reversed decades of U . S . policy on Wednesday and recognized Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, effectively taking sides in one of the thorniest issues in the Mideast dispute and upsetting Washington’ s friends and foes alike.

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Netanyahu sees EU backing Jerusalem move

  Netanyahu sees EU backing Jerusalem move <p>Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu says he expects European countries to follow the US in recognising Jerusalem as his country's capital.</p>He is in Brussels for talks - the first time an Israeli prime minister has visited the city in more than 20 years.

President Donald Trump on Wednesday reversed decades of U . S . policy and recognised Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, imperilling Middle East peace efforts and upsetting Washington' s friends and foes alike.

WASHINGTON/ JERUSALEM (Reuters) – President Donald Trump on Wednesday reversed decades of U . S . policy and recognized Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, imperiling Middle East peace efforts and upsetting Washington’ s friends and foes alike.

ISTANBUL — Allies and adversaries of the United States found common ground Thursday in rejecting President Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, calling the move reckless and likely to reignite violence in the region.

Criticism of the move, which breaks with decades of U.S. policy, was particularly sharp across the Middle East, with officials, religious leaders and activists of many political persuasions issuing statements of condemnation.

Turkey's president said it would plunge the region into a "ring of fire," and Lebanon's Hezbollah called it "malicious aggression." Late Wednesday, Egypt said the decision would inflame anger in the Arab and Muslim world. The grand imam of Egypt's al-Azhar, the premier seat of Sunni learning, also rejected the move, accusing Trump of denying Palestinians their right to Jerusalem.

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WASHINGTON/ JERUSALEM (Reuters) - President Donald Trump on Wednesday reversed decades of U . S . policy and recognised Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, imperilling Middle East peace efforts and upsetting Washington' s friends and foes alike.

Trump , in a speech Wednesday, recognized Jerusalem as the capital of the Jewish state and said he'd start the process of moving the U . S . Embassy there from Tel Aviv. Brazilian clown gives up Congress and denounces colleagues.

"This administration does not respect the dignity or values of others," Hezbollah's secretary general, Hasan Nasrallah, said in a televised address Thursday night. He urged Palestinians and other Arab nations to withdraw from peace talks until the decision was reversed and advocated protests on the streets and in social media.

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Iran, which backs Hezbollah, also weighed in, with its army chief calling Trump's decision "unwise" and a clear violation of international law, Iran's state news agency reported. If conflict follows, he said, it would be the fault of the United States and Israel.

Even stalwart U.S. allies such as Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates — otherwise admirers of Trump's presidency — took aim at the administration over the new policy.

The Saudi government described the decision as an "irresponsible and unwarranted step," according to the state-run news agency. Qatar, too, warned of "serious repercussions" for stability in the region.

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JERUSALEM —America’s friends and foes unleashed fierce criticism on Wednesday ahead of U . S . President Donald Trump ’ s announcement recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. Trump to declare Jerusalem as Israeli capital, order move of U . S . embassy.

Istanbul • Leaders from across the Middle East condemned on Thursday President Trump ' s decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital, with U . S . allies and foes alike denouncing the move as reckless and likely to ignite further violence in the region.

Jerusalem, although divided, is considered holy by Jews, Christians and Muslims, and Palestinians envision the eastern part of the city as the capital of any future state. Israelis, for their part, see Jerusalem as their own eternal, undivided capital.

Previous U.S. administrations kept the embassy in Tel Aviv, pending a final peace agreement that would determine Jerusalem's status.

Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi, who has partnered closely with the United States in the fight against the Islamic State, said the move could lead to "dangerous escalation" in the region.

"The U.S. administration must reverse this unjust decision," Abadi said Thursday. Iraq's Foreign Ministry also said it had summoned U.S. Ambassador Douglas Silliman to deliver a formal letter of protest.

In Turkey, where relations with Washington were already strained over U.S. support for Kurdish militias in Syria, Prime Minister Binali Yildirim likened Trump's recognition of Jerusalem to pulling "the pin on a bomb ready to blow in the region."

Speaking at a conference in the capital, Ankara, Yildirim said that Turkey, a NATO member, would not recognize the decision, Reuters news agency reported.

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President Donald Trump reversed decades of U . S . policy on Wednesday and recognized Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, effectively taking sides in one of the thorniest issues in the Mideast dispute and upsetting Washington' s friends and foes alike.

Trump ' s action was widely denounced , with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan saying it was not only "irresponsible and illegal" also plays into the hands of terrorists. MORE FROM Saudi Arabia. KSA denounces Trump ' s Jerusalem move as 'irresponsible and unwarranted'.

The U.S. Embassy in Ankara urged Americans to stay away from planned protests outside the embassy, as well as consulates in Istanbul and Adana.

At the U.S. Embassy in the Jordanian capital, Amman, on Thursday, protesters denounced the United States, chanting against the decision and holding signs that read: "No to U.S. arrogance."

"Before, the U.S. was a partner in peace to solve the problem in Palestine. Now, Jordanians see the U.S. as part of the problem," said 60-year-old Hafeth Khawaja.

"All of the moderates in this region that stood by America, and put their faith in America for so many years, now look like fools," he said. "We have been betrayed."

Beyond the region, German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Thursday restated her opposition to the policy. "It is clear that in the framework of negotiating a two-state solution the status of Jerusalem also needs to be dealt with," the Associated Press quoted her as saying. "In that context, we disagree with the decision yesterday."

Merkel's remarks were in line with critical statements earlier from major European allies of the United States such as Britain, France, Germany and the Netherlands.

In Pakistan, Islamists protested in Islamabad, Karachi and Peshawar. Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi called the move "a serious setback to the rule of law" and against "international norms."

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TEMPO.CO, Washington - President Donald Trump reversed decades of U . S . policy on Wednesday and recognised Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, effectively taking sides in one of the thorniest issues in the Mideast dispute and upsetting Washington’ s friends and foes alike.

sides in one of the thorniest issues in the Mideast dispute and upsetting Washington’ s friends and foes alike. hundreds of protesters roamed the streets denouncing Trump and calling on Jordan’ s Trump acted under a 1995 law that requires the United States to move its embassy to Jerusalem .

He urged the United States to "revisit its decision as soon as possible in order to avoid the potentially grave repercussions in the region and beyond."

And in Johannesburg, ailing Nobel laureate Desmond Tutu said in a rare public statement: "God is weeping over President Donald Trump's inflammatory and discriminatory recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel."

The 86-year-old former archbishop added, "It is our responsibility to tell Mr. Trump that he is wrong," the AP reported.

Elsewhere, militants who have fought U.S. troops in Afghanistan and Iraq took the opportunity to condemn both Israel and the United States.

Akram al-Kaabi, head of the Iran-backed Nujaba militia in Iraq, called Trump's decision "foolish" and predicted it would spark an uprising. He added that the move legitimizes attacks on U.S. forces, of which there are thousands in Iraq.

Moqtada al-Sadr, an Iraqi Shiite cleric who has long opposed the United States, said governments should expel Israeli diplomats and temporarily shutter American embassies.

In Afghanistan, a Taliban spokesman said in an emailed statement that the decision will "fan the flames of conflict in the entire world."

Trump, the spokesman said, has exposed U.S. support for a "policy of occupation and colonization of Muslim lands."


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