Wisma Putra urges USA to reconsider Jerusalem move

Wisma Putra urges USA to reconsider Jerusalem move

The position of the United Nations on the Jerusalem issue is that East Jerusalem is occupied Palestinian territory, and that the city should eventually become the capital of the two states of Israel and Palestine.

The Muslim Council of Elders, chaired by the Grand Imam Sheikh of Al Azhar Dr Ahmed Al Tayyib, expressed its firm rejection of the USA government's recognition of Occupied Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and the decision to move the U.S. embassy in Israel to the Arab city. Trump, he said, was trying to "stir things in the region".

During the meeting with World General National Assembly representatives, President Aoun reiterated his stance on Trump's Jerusalem decision, saying it was unsafe and threatened the credibility of the U.S.as a peacebroker in the region.

There is real concern not just for the preservation of the holy sites in Jerusalem - which holds special religious significance for Jews, Christians and Muslims - but also for the people who visit them, the priest said. "And, excluding other people putting up walls, putting up barriers not allowing Palestinians, the native people, to have access to city".

"No one has the right to justify the [Israeli] occupation", of Palestinian land, including East Jerusalem, he said in a statement. "Might can not be right", Wisma Putra added.

The decision, AP said, will further negatively impact on relations between Israel and Palestine and the global community's attempts to bring a resolution to the crisis.

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It also said that the US step is a clear violation of worldwide decisions regarding Jerusalem's occupied status and the end of the occupation. For many years, visiting American diplomats met their Israeli counterparts in Jerusalem...

"[Lebanon announces] their [Palestinian's] right to the creation of an independent state whose capital is Jerusalem", he added.

"We are certain that such steps will yield increased hatred, conflict, violence and suffering in Jerusalem and the Holy Land", the leaders said in a letter to Trump, "moving us farther from the goal of unity and deeper toward destructive division". Any sudden changes would cause irreparable harm.

Israel has traditionally recognized Jerusalem as its capital.

AP had called on the United States to reverse the decision and move forward with seeking a lasting solution to the issue.

The Vatican has long supported a two-state solution to the Israel-Palestinian conflict, and on a diplomatic level recognizes and refers to both "the State of Israel" and "the State of Palestine".

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