PRESIDENT Trump Is Expected To Recognise Jerusalem As Israel’s Capital & Later Relocate American Embassy There

December 7th, 2017 | by Sukumar Roy
PRESIDENT Trump Is Expected To Recognise Jerusalem As Israel’s Capital & Later Relocate American Embassy There
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THE Arab world is rattled after international media quoting official sources say that President Donald J Trump of The United States of America is expected to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and move American embassy as per his electoral promise. The 3,000 BC old  city  was captured by Israel in 1967 after a six –day war with Jordanian and Syrian army but none of Trump’s  predecessor  had the courage to recognise Jerusalem as the capital of Israel which was founded on May 14 1998 and  the then POTUS Harry S Truman  recognised the new nation the same day. Israel claims it was it was its ancient capital 3,000 years .The city is considered sacred by Jews, Muslims as well as the Christian community.  Jesus Christ was brought to the ancient city occasionally as a child, preached to the poor in his adult life, crucified in the end of his life, and resurrected by God. The Church of the Holy Sepulchre is said to have been built over the location where Jesus was crucified and where the tomb was buried. President Donald Trump has intimated Israeli and Arab leaders that he intends to move the US embassy in Israel to Jerusalem reversing US Middle East policy.  US officials said Trump is expected to recognise Jerusalem as Israel’s capital but may relocate US embassy from Tel Aviv six months later. The international community does not recognise Israeli sovereignty over Jerusalem. Reacting to POTUS decision, Palestinian President Mahmud Abbas, Jordan’s King Abdullah, Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi and Saudi Arabia’s King Salman who were telephonically informed by Trump about his unilateral decision have warned him against taking such a dangerous move which may result in grave consequences on international relations. The White House has confirmed that  Trump has also conveyed  the decision to  Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu ,who has been urging US to move its  embassy to Jerusalem. It is reported that a senior Israeli minister welcomed Trump’s decision promising that the nation is fully prepared to deal with any emergency situation .White House Spokesperson Sarah Sanders said that Trump, who promised during the presidential campaign to move the embassy in Israel, would give a speech on Wednesday about his Jerusalem decision. “The president I would say is pretty solid in his thinking at this point,” she said, declining to provide details.

Abbas has appealed to the Pope and the leaders of Russia, France and Jordan to intervene in convincing Trump about his consequences of recognising Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. The Jordanian monarch, whose dynasty is the custodian of the Muslim holy sites in Jerusalem, told Trump that moving the embassy would have “dangerous repercussions” for the region and would obstruct US efforts to promote Israeli-Palestinian peace talks, according to a palace statement. King Salman stressed to Trump that any US announcement on the status of Jerusalem would “inflame Muslim feelings all over the world,” the Saudi Press Agency said.The Trump administration would need time to overcome logistical issues such as lack of a secure embassy building and staff housing in Jerusalem, say US official sources..Meanwhile, Israeli Intelligence Minister Israel Katz, who recently met US officials in Washington, told Israel’s Army Radio: “My impression is that the president will recognise Jerusalem, the eternal capital of the Jewish people for 3,000 years, as the capital of the state of Israel.”Asked whether Israel was preparing for a wave of violence if Trump recognises Jerusalem as the Israeli capital, he said: “We are preparing for every option. Anything like that can always erupt. What is apprehended is that the Islamist militant groups such as al Qaeda, Hamas and Hezbollah, who in the past tried to exploit Muslim sensitivities over Jerusalem, may try to revive anti –American and anti- Christian sentiments across the world .Asked whether Trump recognised that his Jerusalem decision could spark violence, Sanders said: “A number of things have been looked at that have been weighed into the president’s decision.”Senior US officials told Reuters some officers in the State Department were also deeply concerned and the European Union, the Palestinian Authority, Saudi Arabia and the Arab League all warned that any such declaration would have repercussions across the region. The European Union’s top diplomat, Federica Mogherini, said on Tuesday that “any action that would undermine” peace efforts to create two separate states for the Israelis and the Palestinians “must absolutely be avoided.”UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has “consistently warned against any unilateral action that would have the potential to undermine the two-state solution,” UN spokesman Stephane Dujarric told reporters in New York

 

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