New Delhi, Dec 7: President of the United States Donald Trump on Wednesday recognised Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, sparking a global controversy. With expert opinions widely polarised regarding the reaction of this move, Trump single-handedly isolated the USA from those European and Middle-Eastern nations which had long opposed it.
Earlier, when Trump announced that he will recognise the conflicted holy zone as Israel’s capital, Pope Francis had warned him against it reminding it could lead to further violence than intended peace. He said, ” I make an urgent appeal to everybody to respect the status quo of the city, in accordance with the pertinent resolutions of the United Nations.”
Speaking from the White House, Trump on Wednesday said, “It is time to officially recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.” However, the leaders of Saudi Arabia, Iraq, Jordan, Egypt, France, Turkey, Germany and the European Union also warned Trump against the move, ignoring which he took the step stating that it was ‘long overdue’.
Earlier, United Nations senior official Nickolay Mladenov on the US’s decision said that Jerusalem belongs to both the Israelis and Palestinians and taking a unilateral decision is not a solution. He said both the parts should be included in the decision.
According to Times of Israel, Palestinian factions have threatened a new “intifada” in light of the reported recognition.
In our own South-Asian countries however, political leaders have vented their opinion using social media.
Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, Chairman of Pakistan Peoples Party and son of former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto, condemned this move by the US and said his party cautions the US against it. According to him, this will aggravate the Israel-Palestinian conflict and amplify terror propaganda. He added it will undermine those foreign policy goals which have been long established by the United States.
Israel President Benjamin Netanyahu, a close aide of Donald Trump, on the other hand, called it a ‘historic day’. He said, “This is a historic day. Jerusalem has been the capital of Israel for nearly 70 years. Jerusalem has been the focus of our hopes, our dreams, our prayers for three millennia. Jerusalem has been the capital of the Jewish people for 3,000 years.” “Thank you Donald Trump,” he added.
Indian politician and chief of the All India Majlis-E-Ittehadul Muslimeen Party (AIMIM) called out the Indian government to condemn this move by the Trump administration as it makes the goal of Palestine to be sovereign and independent further.
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani had earlier blasted his US counterpart Donald Trump’s plan to recognise Jerusalem as the Israeli capital and said Iran “will not tolerate a violation of Islamic sanctities.” “Muslims must stand united against this major plot,” he added.