Trump Denounced for “Reckless, Irresponsible” Decision to Move US Embassy to Jerusalem
Yousef Munayyer, executive director of US Campaign for Palestinian Rights, called the decision "both morally wrong and politically dangerous.""Not only is Donald Trump deliberately insulting the Palestinian people, but also Arabs and Muslims around the world. In doing so, he is relinquishing what little credibility the United States had left in a region that is already rife with conflict and division," Munayyer said. "The United States has attempted to shepherd the so-called 'peace process' on the basis that it can play the role of mediator but by clearly adopting an Israeli position as its own, it makes clear it is not even pretending anymore."The United Nations told the AP Secretary-General Antonio Guterres is against any action with regard to Jerusalem that could undermine a two-state solution to the ongoing Israeli-Palestinian conflict, with UN spokesman Stephane Dujarric saying Tuesday that "we've always regarded Jerusalem as a final status issue that must be resolved through direct negotiations by the two parties based on relevant Security Council resolutions."Saeb Erekat, the secretary general of the PLO Executive Committee and a former chief Palestinian negotiator, told Haaretz that the decision will make the United States unfit to mediate future negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians.Erekat said the move "directly encourages the colonialist occupation whose purpose is to trigger wars and to sow an ethnic and religious conflict, in a manner that does not befit the national interests of the American people."He warned that such a decision "will contribute to further destabilization of the region and will discourage many of those who still believe that a peaceful solution is achievable to end over 50 years of Israeli occupation, 70 years of exile, and decades of systematic violations of Palestinian national and human rights."
I get that Trump moving US Embassy to Jerusalem is Bad. But when you call it a “red line,” it implies all Israel’s other crimes were fine.— Ali Abunimah (@AliAbunimah) December 5, 2017
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