International unity: Merkel, Erdogan, UN GenSec, Arab League, and the Pope lambaste Trump
December 7, 2017 – Fort Russ News –
– Frankfürter Allgemeine Zeitung, translated by Tom Winter –
|“Historic speech Wednesday in Washington: President Trump recognizes Jerusalem as the Israeli capital”|
“Overdue” is the decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, Donald Trump says in his press conference. Reactions to his decision promptly follow. Merkel also comments.
In an internationally highly controversial decision, US President Donald Trump has recognized Jerusalem as the capital of the state of Israel. “I’ve come to realize that it’s time to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel,” Trump said Wednesday in Washington.
Trump ordered the State Department to begin the process of relocating the American Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. “This process starts immediately,” said Trump. He would support a two-state solution to end the Middle East conflict, if it is desired by both parties to the conflict.
Jerusalem is also claimed by the Palestinians as the capital of a possible future state. The eastern part of the city is Arabic and is predominantly inhabited by Arabs.
Erdogan threatens the United States
The White House decision — previously announced by high-ranking government officials — provoked sharp protests in many countries around the world, with the exception of Israel, where Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu calls Trump’s decision “historic.” “The American support for Israel is very strong, the curve continues to rise,” said Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Above all, the Arab neighbors of Israel reacted indignantly.
Chancellor Angela Merkel (CDU) criticized the decision of US President Donald Trump to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and to relocate the US Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. “The Federal Government does not support this position, because the status of Jerusalem is to be negotiated within the framework of a two-state solution,” said government spokesman Steffen Seibert.
“This measure is a blow to Arab-American relations and to the American role as a mediator between Palestinians and Israelis. It shakes the Arabs’ confidence in American neutrality,” said Ahmed Abu al-Ghait, secretary-general of the Arab League.
Greens Party leader Cem Özdemir sharply criticized the recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. “This decision stirs up one of the deepest wounds of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict,” Özdemir said on Wednesday evening. “Anyone who makes such a decision deliberately accepts a renewed escalation of the conflict.” And he added that Trump’s decision is a lesson for “all those who believe in any moderation from the wrong-headed foreign-policy president.”
“A death sentence for all who want peace”
UN Secretary-General António Guterres continues to emphasize the need for a two-state solution: “There is no Plan B,” Guterres said Wednesday in New York shortly after Trump’s announcement. “I have repeatedly spoken out against unilateral measures that would jeopardize the prospects for peace between Israelis and Palestinians,” Guterres said.
Qatar’s foreign minister even goes a step further and speaks of a “death sentence for those who want peace.” The Pope also spoke* critically. “This measure is a blow to Arab-American relations and the American role as mediator between Palestinians and Israelis. It shakes the confidence of the Arabs in the neutrality of the Americans.”
A spokesman for the Kremlin in Moscow expressed concern.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan openly threatened the United States: “Mr. Trump, for Muslims, Jerusalem is the red line,” he said. “It can go so far as to break off our diplomatic relations with Israel.”
Several Palestinian groups have expressed their outrage at the US decision on Wednesday calling for three “days of wrath.” There was a confrontation between Palestinians and Israeli soldiers near Bethlehem. In Bethlehem, protesters burned pictures of Trump on Tuesday evening.Hundreds of demonstrators set fire to Trump photos and American flags in Gaza on Wednesday. The Federal Government warned of possible riots in Jerusalem, the West Bank and the Gaza Strip.
Israel conquered the Arab eastern part of the city in 1967 during the Six-Day War and later annexed it, claiming all of Jerusalem as its indivisible capital. This claim is not recognized internationally. Among other things, the United Nations does not recognize all-Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. The Palestinians see their future capital in East Jerusalem.
*Yes, these words ascribed to the Pope are the same words, verbatim, as ascribed to the head of the Arab League.