How World Reacted on Trump’s Decision to Move Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem

Jerusalem, a cherished and combustible landmark, is one of the very few unifying issues in an Arab world plagued by wars and sectarianism. But even the prospect of Trump recognizing it as Israel’s capital became a reason for bickering between the Middle East’s Sunni and Shiite powerhouses, Saudi Arabia and Iran, who are engaged in a catastrophic proxy war for supremacy in the region.

President Trump on Wednesday formally recognized Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, reversing nearly seven decades of American foreign policy and setting in motion a plan to move the United States Embassy from Tel Aviv to the fiercely contested Holy City.

WASHINGTON, DC – DECEMBER 06: U.S. President Donald Trump holds up a proclaimation that the U.S. government will formally recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel after signing the document in the Diplomatic Reception Room at the White House December 6, 2017 in Washington, DC. In keeping with a campaign promise, Trump said the United States will move its embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem sometime in the next few years. No other country has its embassy in Jerusalem. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

How it all started?

Well, you could see the beginning with the Trump’s summarized tweet

Here’s how the world reacted to this

 

Antonio Guterres – Secretary-General United Nations responded to this as a moment of anxiety and focused on the two-state solution

Benjamin Netanyahu -Prime Minister of Israel welcomed the move and hailed Jerusalem as Jewish Capital from last 3000 years

Reuven Rivlin – President of Israel termed this as a beautiful gift to Israel from the United States

Emmanuel Macron – French President tweeted saying “On Jerusalem, the France disagrees with the decision of the United States. The France supports the solution of two States, Israel and Palestine, living in peace and security, with Jerusalem as the capital of two States. We focus on appeasement and dialogue”

Recep Tayyip Erdoğan – President of Turkey calls Islamic Summit next week to discuss US move on Jerusalem reports Quds News Network

Pope Francis shown his concern over moving U.S embassy to Jerusalem reports Catholic News Services

Haider Al-Abadi – Prime Minister of Iraq termed this as a negative affect on Middle Eastern stability reports The Baghdad Post

European Commission raised serious concern over this and tweeted it’s unchanged position on Jerusalem

Federica Mogherini – Vice President of the EU Commission tweeted EU will increase its work among EU partners to negotiate the status of Jerusalem

German Foreign Office tweeted saying their position remains and they support two state solutions

Swedish permanent mission to UN called for an emergency UNSC meeting along with Bolivia, Egypt, France, Italy, Senegal & UK  on Jerusalem 

Bernie Sanders declared this move to a threat to Israeli-Palestinian Peace

Jeremy Corbyn- Leader of the Labour Party, United Kingdom termed this as a reckless threat to peace

 

Beyond this virtual world all across the Middle East protest occurred after this announcement.

In Gaza, hundreds of Palestinian protesters burned American and Israeli flags and waved Palestinian flags and banners proclaiming Jerusalem as “our eternal capital” and calling recognition of it as Israel’s capital a “red line.” Hamas, the militant group that controls Gaza, called for more protests over the coming days.

In Beirut, a few hundred Palestinian refugees staged a protest in the narrow streets of the Bourj al-Barajneh camp, some of them chanting “Trump, you are mad.”

A protest also observed from media houses like The English-language Daily Star newspaper published a full-page photo of the Old City of Jerusalem capped by the Dome of the Rock beneath the headline: “No offence Mr President, Jerusalem is the capital of PALESTINE.”

 

 

 

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