One of the main topics discussed by the media today is a statement by the President of the United States Donald trump on the recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.
— The reaction to «Jerusalem speech» trump. Photos
Israeli politicians welcomed the announcement of trump. Official Jerusalem has appealed to friendly countries to follow the example of the American President. The White house called on Israel to exercise restraint, not to provoke the conflict.
On the night of December 7 the Ministry of foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic announced the recognition of Jerusalem in the 1967 borders as the capital of Israel.
Other European countries have not yet commented or expressed dissatisfaction with trump’s decision to make a statement about the recognition of Jerusalem as the Israeli capital. The negative comments came from the leaders of Britain and France. The German foreign Ministry was limited to a neutral review, stressing the immutability of his relationship to the settlement of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict.
The Russian President and the Russian foreign Ministry, as of the morning of 7 December, no comment was given.
The UN Security Council on Friday, December 8, will hold a meeting on the Declaration of the trump for Jerusalem.
Muslim leaders issued angry statements about the «Jerusalem speech» trump. Condemning the decision of the us President addressed Iran, Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, Egypt, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Malaysia and other Muslim States.
The head of the Palestinian national authority Mahmoud Abbas said that the United States can no longer play the role in the peace process, which they played over the past decades. According to Abbas, the US «has rewarded Israel for all his admitted violations and policies of apartheid,» he also noted that the decision will serve as a trump for the hand of radical forces, dreaming to drag the region into a new bloody confrontation. The PNA head also warned that the decision trump could not give legitimacy to Israel. According to him, Jerusalem is a city that belongs to the Palestinians, Muslims, Christians, and he is also the eternal capital of Palestine.
In the PA territory is declared a strike. Planned mass protests.
The leaders of the terrorist organization Hamas said that the decision of Donald trump’s «opened the door to hell» in front of America. Earlier, Hamas declared Friday, December 8 a «day of rage» and called for actions «resistance» in Jerusalem.
On 9 December, the Arab League will hold an emergency meeting at the level of foreign Ministers dedicated to the «Jerusalem crisis». At the meeting, which will be held at the request of the representatives of the Palestinian authority and Jordan, will discuss steps in response to the White house recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.
The historical statement of trump on the recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel
Wednesday, December 6, the US President Donald trump made a special statement on the status of Jerusalem, and announced the intention to move the U.S. Embassy from tel Aviv to Jerusalem.
Donald trump talked about the fact that for twenty years his predecessors have deferred the recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital in the hope that it contributes to the speedy settlement of the Palestinian-Israeli process.
The US President said that Israel is like any other independent state has the right to his capital. He stated the need to admit as a historical fact that Jerusalem is already the capital of the Jewish state and expressed regret that it has not been done before.
«Every American President, visiting Jerusalem, had actually recognized that this city is the capital of the state of Israel, but none of them had enough courage to announce it officially,» added Donald trump.
«I decided it was time to fulfill the promises and to officially recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel,» said Donald trump.
However, the US President added that this Declaration does not constitute an acknowledgement of certain boundaries of Jerusalem. «These boundaries should be established in the course of negotiations,» he said. He also assured that the United States remains committed to the principle of two States in the case «if he is acceptable to both sides.»
Donald trump said that he had instructed the state Department to begin preparing to transfer its Embassy to Jerusalem. It said that at the moment, it extended the scope of the decree freezing the implementation of the law on the transfer of the Embassy.
Donald trump has appealed to regional leaders urging them to support the initiative of the White house: «I ask all leaders: Israelis, Palestinians, Jews, Christians, Muslims – to join our campaign for peace».
Donald trump announced that in the near future the region will be visited by Vice-President Mike Pence with the aim of promoting Palestinian-Israeli negotiations.
The reaction of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and other Israeli politicians
The head of the government of Israel published the following statement: «This is a historic day! The statement of the President of the United States Donald trump is a milestone in the history of Jerusalem. Jerusalem is our capital for 3,000 years. The streets of the city went our forefathers, here is our Temple, hence were ruled by kings of Israel, here were preached by the prophets of Israel. For thousands of years generations of Jews prayed, «next year in Jerusalem.» The banks of the Babylonian rivers and outside the walls of the Warsaw ghetto, a generation mourned and dreamed about Zion. 70 years ago we realized that what I prayed for and dreamed, when once again made Jerusalem the capital of the Jewish state. Now, the historic statement of President trump has recognized these fundamental facts. President trump, we thank you for the fair and brave decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and start preparing to open the American Embassy. I urge other countries to follow the U.S. example. I say to you, the decision of the President of trump promotes peace, as it returns everyone to reality. A simple truth and reality such that the world will not be without the recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. I want to clarify to all our neighbors: we will continue to respect the status quo in Jerusalem and on the Temple mount, as well as full freedom of religion for all religions. We will continue to extend hands of peace to the Palestinians and all of our neighbors. Mr. President, history and the Jewish people will always remember your brave decision. Thank you.»
Israeli President Reuven Rivlin said, «there is No better gift for the 70th anniversary of the state of Israel. Jerusalem was never and never will be an obstacle to those who really want peace.»
The Israeli defense Minister, the leader of the party «Israel Our home» Avigdor Lieberman said, «As an Israeli, I felt joy and pride for the courageous decision of the President of trump to recognize Jerusalem our eternal capital, noting that Israel, like any sovereign state, has the right to determine their own capital, and that delaying the Embassy does not help to promote true and lasting peace.»
The head of the unit «Zionist camp» AVI Gabay said: «Jerusalem – capital of Israel, and the world is obliged to recognize it. I am very glad that the 70 year existence of the state of Israel, our closest friends, the United States recognized Jerusalem as the capital and getting ready to move the Embassy. Last Sunday I heard in Washington speech Jared Kushner, and are deeply impressed by its willingness to invest efforts and energy in advancing the peace process. I very much hope that this will be reflected in the future.»
It trump also welcomed the head of the parliamentary opposition, Isaac Herzog, and the head of the movement «tnua» Tzipi Livni.
The Minister of Finance and the head of the party «Kulanu» Moshe Kahlon said: «Sometimes even taken for granted must be said. For three thousand years our ancestors dreamed of Jerusalem, prayed about it and strive for it from different countries. Today the political Declaration of the President of trump gave international legitimacy to the obvious fact: Jerusalem is the capital of the state of Israel. I hope that leaders of other States will follow the example of Donald trump».
Justice Minister Ayelet shaked (the»Bayt Yehudi») has issued the following statement: «I thank the President, the trump for strength, as shown, against the pressure which was put upon it. He announced the recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of the state of Israel, and I hope to see soon the residence of the U.S. Ambassador in our capital.»
The head of the party «Yesh Atid» Yair Lapid called the speech of the President of trump exciting. «Jerusalem is the eternal capital of the Jewish people. I look forward to receiving the US Ambassador in Jerusalem,» said Lapid.
The Minister of environment, Minister of Jerusalem Affairs, Zeev Elkin (Likud) said: «I welcome the historic decision by US President Donald trump to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and his order to move the United States Embassy in Jerusalem. Having made this decision it was in the year of the fiftieth anniversary of the reunification of Jerusalem, the President of the United States became an active participant in the historic process of the return of the Jewish people to Zion. Led me to the Ministry for Jerusalem Affairs is happy to promote the foreign policy Department of the USA in all possible ways in the case of transferring the American Embassy to capital of Israel.»
The leaders of MERETZ and United Arab list were subjected to speech trump the extremely sharp criticism.
The head of the MERETZ zaava galon said that the recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel played into the hands of the «right-wing crazies in Israel.» Galon added: «the Declaration of the trump is the practical recognition of the annexation of East Jerusalem and the Old city. Such recognition will contribute to the resumption of the peace process and the beginning of a regional settlement, as any agreement will require compromise in Jerusalem.»
The head of United Arab list Ayman Udeh said: «Today, the misanthrope Donald trump threw a burning match on the body of the Middle East».
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