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World leaders chastise US over Jerusalem ‘escalation’

The US intends to move its embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, Donald Trump announced [Reuters] US President Donald Trump’s decision to recognise Jerusalem as the Israeli capital has been met with indignation by world leaders, drawing strong criticism in the Middle East and elsewhere. Many feel Washington’s move, announced on Wednesday after weeks of speculation, threatens to upend stability across the region and ruins any remaining prospects to achieve peace between Israelis and Palestinians. The US also intends to move its embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, Trump confirmed in his televised address. Here is how head of...

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Mahmoud Abbas lambasts Trump’s decision on Jerusalem

Abbas said US recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital is a ‘reward to Israel’ [File: Anadolu] Mahmoud Abbas has lambasted the US decision to recognise Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, saying the Palestinian leadership refuses to acknowledge President Donald Trump‘s contentious move. Calling Jerusalem the “eternal capital of the State of Palestine”, the president of the Palestinian Authority said on Wednesday the US could no longer be a mediator in Israeli-Palestinian peace negotiations. His comments were in response to an earlier announcement by Trump during which he said the US was formally recognising Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, and would...

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Trump ignores warnings with ‘reckless Jerusalem move’

President Donald Trump has announced that the US formally recognises Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and will begin the process of moving its embassy to the city, breaking with decades of US policy. “I have determined that it is time to officially recognise Jerusalem as the capital of Israel,” Trump said in a televised speech on Wednesday. The president said he ordered the State Department to develop plan to relocate the American embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.  He added he is not taking position on any final status issues, including contested borders. Trump said he intends “to...

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Jordan ‘humiliated’ by Trump’s decision on Jerusalem

Jordan’s King Abdullah has maintained good relations with the United States [Kevin Lamarque/Reuters] As Palestinians continue to denounce the Trump administration’s intention of recognising Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, several Arab leaders have voiced their discontent with the move, which many fear will have dangerous consequences for the region as a whole. In neighbouring Jordan, a major US ally in the Middle East, King Abdullah II told US President Donald Trump that recognising the holy city as Israel’s capital would inflame Muslim and Christian feelings. The decision would have “dangerous repercussions on the stability and security of the region”,...

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Trump and Jerusalem: a legal and historical appraisal

A general view shows the Dome of the Rock and Jerusalem’s Old City from David Tower [Ronen Zvulun/Reuters] US President Donald Trump has said it is time to officially recognise Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. The decision comes seven decades after the Declaration of the establishment of the State of Israel, that was unilaterally announced on 14 May 1948 by David Ben–Gurion. At the time, no borders were settled for the new state. It is also for this reason that Israel’s admission to the United Nations (UN) soon became a strategic priority. The admission to the UN, in fact, was...

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