U.S. President Donald Trump would effectively be making a declaration of war if he recognises Jerusalem as Israel's capital, the Palestinians' chief representative to Britain said on Wednesday.
"If he says what he is intending to say about Jerusalem being the capital of Israel, it means a kiss of death to the two state solution," Manuel Hassassian said in a BBC radio interview.
"He is declaring war in the Middle East, he is declaring war against 1.5 billion Muslims (and) hundreds of millions of Christians that are not going to accept the holy shrines to be totally under the hegemony of Israel," Hassassian added.
Senior U.S. officials said on Tuesday that Trump will recognise Jerusalem as Israel's capital on Wednesday and set in motion the relocation of the U.S. embassy to the city.
British foreign secretary 'concerned' about planned US recognition of Jerusalem
British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson said on Wednesday that he was concerned about reports that U.S. President Donald Trump's would recognise Jerusalem as Israel's capital."Lets wait and see what the president says exactly. But, you know, we view the reports that we have heard with concern because we think that Jerusalem obviously should be part of the final settlement between the Israelis and the Palestinians," he told reporters in Brussels.Senior U.S. officials said on Tuesday that Trump will recognise Jerusalem as Israel's capital on Wednesday and set in motion the relocation of the U.S. Embassy to the city. Hamas declares ‘day of rage’ over Jerusalem crisisTrump's Jerusalem plans ‘reckless and dangerous’Hamas ‘appreciates’ Erdoğan’s position on JerusalemTurkish PM says Trump’s plan for Jerusalem ‘unlawful'
Hamas ‘appreciates’ Erdoğan’s position on Jerusalem
Turkey’s stance is ‘unique’ against a plan by the U.S. to relocate its embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, Hamas spokesperson Sami Abu Zuhri said Tuesday.“This unique position of the Turkish authorities and noble Turkish people is a reflection of the leadership and its support of the cause of the Palestinian people,” Abu Zuhri told Anadolu Agency. The step America is taking is “very serious” and targets Muslims’ beliefs and sacred sites, he said.U.S. President Donald Trump on Tuesday informed his Palestinian counterpart Mahmoud Abbas of his intention to move the U.S. embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, Palestine's official WAFA news agency reported.Video: Erdoğan: Jerusalem is the red line of MuslimsPresident Erdoğan says ‘Jerusalem is the red line of Muslims'Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan reacted strongly to reports that Trump could also decide to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital."Mr. Trump, Jerusalem is a red line for Muslims," Erdogan told a parliamentary group meeting of his ruling Justice and Development (AK) Party."We are imploring the U.S. once again. You cannot take this kind of step."Erdoğan also warned that if the U.S. does so, Turkey could cut off diplomatic ties with Israel.Noting that Jerusalem is inviolable for Muslims, he said ignoring that would have serious consequences.Trump will announce Wednesday his decision on whether the U.S. will recognize the contested city of Jerusalem as Israel's capital, according to the White House.Jerusalem remains at the core of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, with Palestinians hoping that East Jerusalem -- currently occupied by Israel -- might eventually serve as the capital of a future Palestinian state.
Turkish PM says Trump’s plan for Jerusalem ‘unlawful'
Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yıldırım said Wednesday the U.S. plan for Jerusalem is “unlawful”.President Donald Trump will formally recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital and begin preparations to move the U.S. embassy to the contested city, three senior administration officials confirmed late Tuesday.Speaking at a joint press conference in Seoul with his South Korean counterpart Lee Nak-Yeon, Yıldırım said, “One way or another, both situations will be unlawful decisions and will make the existing problems in the region even more unsolvable”.“The U.S. president not making a statement in this direction is vital for the future of the region and global peace.”Video: Erdoğan: Jerusalem is the red line of MuslimsUS shift on Jerusalem would bring chaos: Turkish FMPresident Erdoğan says ‘Jerusalem is the red line of Muslims'