U.S. President Donald Trump is undermining international stability with his decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital and move the U.S. embassy there, the leader of Germany's Social Democrats (SPD) said on Wednesday.
Affirming his support for a two-state solution for Israelis and Palestinians, Martin Schulz said Trump's decision, taken despite warnings from a wide range of U.S. allies, risked setting back the peace process in the Middle East.
Trump is due to announce later on Wednesday that the United States recognises Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and will move its embassy there, breaking with longtime U.S. policy and possibly stirring unrest.
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Gazans protest Trump’s plan for Jerusalem recognition
Hundreds of Palestinians demonstrated in the Gaza Strip on Wednesday against U.S. President Donald Trump’s plans to officially recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.Demonstrators waved banners condemning President Donald Trump’s expected decision on Wednesday to relocate the U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem and recognize the city as Israel’s capital.“The Palestinian people will foil Trump schemes as they did for previous plans,” Hamas leader Salah al- Bardawil told participants in the rally.Emad al-Agha, a leader of Palestinian President Mahmud Abbas’ Fatah group, called on Arab states to severe relations with Israel.“We are here today to reiterate our rejection of U.S. decisions regarding Jerusalem,” he said, going on to call on Arab countries to pile pressure on Washington to reverse its plans on the holy city.Erdoğan phones leaders over US move on JerusalemHe termed the U.S. move as a “total bias to the Israeli occupation”.Louay al-Qariouti, a member of the National and Islamic Forces bloc, called on the Palestinians to “rise up” against U.S. plans regarding Jerusalem.“We also call on the umbrella Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) to withdraw its recognition of Israel,” he said.Jerusalem remains at the core of the perennial Israel-Palestine conflict, which Israel occupied the city’s east during the Middle East war in 1967.During his election, Trump promised to relocate the U.S. embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.Successive U.S. presidents of both parties have signed a six-month waiver since the Jerusalem Embassy Act was signed into law in 1995, perpetually forestalling the building's legislated move over concerns it could spark a diplomatic crisis and be a death knell to peace talks.Turkish lawmakers slam reported Trump Jerusalem planOIC to meet in Turkey to coordinate Jerusalem responseKaragül: Arab administrators negotiated with US, Israel over Jerusalem
Erdoğan phones leaders over US move on Jerusalem
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan on Wednesday made phone calls to leaders of Iran, Tunisia and Malaysia over an expected U.S. decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital.According to a presidential source, Erdoğan told Iranian president Hassan Rouhani, Tunisian president Beji Caid Essebsi, and Malaysian prime minister Najib Razak, that the move would "disrupt peace process in the Middle East".Trump is expected to formally recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital on Wednesday and begin preparations to move the U.S. Embassy to the city, three senior administration officials confirmed to Anadolu Agency, late Tuesday.Palestinians, Arab and Muslim countries warn that a unilateral recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital would "unleash widespread public anger" and deal a death knee to the peace process.Video: Erdoğan: Jerusalem is the red line of MuslimsDuring his election campaign last year, Trump repeatedly promised to move the U.S. Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.Jerusalem remains at the core of the Israel-Palestine conflict, with Palestinians hoping that East Jerusalem -- currently occupied by Israel -- might eventually serve as the capital of a future Palestinian state.Turkish lawmakers slam reported Trump Jerusalem planTurkey warns US that Jerusalem embassy move is 'grave mistake'Palestinian envoy says US recognition of Jerusalem is 'declaring war'