President Trump has been warned peace in the Middle East could be under threat if the US becomes the first country to identify Jerusalem as Israel’s capital
The Muslim world has reacted with fury Wednesday night after Donald Trump declared Jerusalem as the capital of Israel despite an international outcry.
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas was among leaders to immediately denounce the announcement as he accused the US of ‘withdrawing’ from the peace process.
Furious protests are raging in Turkey, Gaza while French President Emmanuel Macron also slammed President Trump following his historic intervention.
The White House has now tweeted Trump’s proclamation in full.
RECOGNIZING JERUSALEM: President Donald J. Trump is following through on his promise to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of the State of Israel and has instructed the State Department to begin to relocate the U.S. Embassy to Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.
Today, December 6, 2017, President Trump recognized Jerusalem, the ancient capital of the Jewish people, as the capital of the State of Israel.
In taking this action, President Trump fulfilled a major campaign promise of his and many previous Presidential candidates.
The Trump Administration is fully coordinated in supporting this historic action by the President, and has engaged broadly with both our Congressional and international partners on this issue.
President Trump’s action enjoys broad, bipartisan support in Congress, including as expressed in the Jerusalem Recognition Act of 1995. This Act was reaffirmed by a unanimous vote of the Senate only six months ago.
President Trump has instructed the State Department to develop a plan to relocate the U.S. Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.
Departments and Agencies have implemented a robust security plan to ensure the safety of our citizens and assets in the region.
STATUS OF JERUSALEM: President Trump recognizes that specific boundaries of sovereignty in Jerusalem is highly sensitive and subject to final status negotiations.
President Trump recognizes that the status of Jerusalem is a highly-sensitive issue, but he does not think the peace process is aided by ignoring the simple truth that Jerusalem is home to Israel’s legislature, supreme court, President, and Prime Minister.
President Trump recognizes that the specific boundaries of Israeli sovereignty in Jerusalem are subject to final status negotiations between the parties.
President Trump reaffirms United States support for the status quo at the Temple Mount, also known as Haram al Sharif.
President Trump remains committed to achieving a lasting peace agreement between the Israelis and Palestinians, and he is optimistic that peace can be achieved.
Delaying the recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel has not helped achieve peace over the past two decades.
President Trump is prepared to support a two-state solution to the dispute between the Israelis and Palestinians, if agreed to by the parties.
The kingdom of Saudi Arabia on Thursday condemned the decision by U.S. President Donald Trump to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.
The Saudi Royal Court issued a statement saying that the kingdom followed “with deep sorrow” Trump’s decision and warned of “dangerous consequences of moving the U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem”.
The statement also urged the U.S. administration to reverse its decision and adhere to international will.
Saudi Arabia described the decision as an “unjustified and irresponsible step” and said it represents “a bias against rights of Palestinian people”.
Saudi Arabia also said the move represents “a big step back in efforts to advance the peace process” and said it was “a violation of the U.S. Neutral position regarding Jerusalem”.
Outraged protests at Trump’s decision continue in several countries, particularly those in the Middle East.
American flags and effigies of the US President are being burnt in the street.
Head of the Political Bureau of Hamas, Ismail Haniyeh, has attended one demonstration in Gaza.
After Trump spoke on Wednesday, U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres told reporters: “I have consistently spoken out against any unilateral measures that would jeapordise the prospect of peace for Israelis and Palestinians.”
“In this moment of great anxiety, I want to make it clear: There is no alternative to the two-state solution. There is no Plan B,” he said.
“I will do everything in my power to support the Israeli and Palestinian leaders to return to meaningful negotiations.”
The German Chancellor said she does not agree with the President after he declared Jerusalem the capital of Israel, according to her spokesman Steffen Seibert.
He tweeted: “The federal government does not support this position because the status of Jerusalem as part of a two-state solution to be negotiated.”
The United Nations Security Council is likely to meet on Friday to discuss Donald Trump’s decision to recognise Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.
Diplomats said a request for UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres to publicly brief the Security Council.
The meeting was apparently requested made by Britain, France, Bolivia, Egypt, Italy, Senegal, Sweden, and Uruguay.
Christmas lights were tonight switched off in Bethlehem, Jesus’ traditional birthplace, in protest at Donald Trump’s Jerusalem speech.
Another tree was darkened in Ramallah, next to the burial site of former Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat.
Christmas lights were switched off outside a church in Bethlehem
US embassy staff have warned Americans in Jordan not to take their children to school tomorrow amid rising anger over Donald Trump’s Jerusalem speech.
In a series of tweets, which were posted following President Trump’s declaration that Jerusalem was the capital of Israel, staff said movements for US staff and their relatives was being restricted.
That was said to include an “instruction” not to take children to school.
The @USEmbassyJordan account also said services had been suspended and that all embassy travel, both official and personal, has been banned until further notice.
It comes amid fears of violent protests over Mr Trump’s declaration, which has sparked outrage across the Muslim world.
Protesters are now gathering outside the US embassy in Berlin.
Pictures shared on Twitter show Palestinian flags being waved near the city’s Brandenburg Gate.
It comes after the US embassy in Germany warned Americans to be vigilant after President Trump said Jerusalem is Israel’s capital.
The Czech Republic has appeared to sensationally back Donald Trump after saying it considers Jerusalem to be the capital of Israel and Palestine.
Following Mr Trump’s controversial declaration, the country said it considered the city to be the “future capital” of both states.
The statement from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic reads: “The Czech Republic currently, before the peace between Israel and Palestine is signed, recognizes Jerusalem to be in fact the capital of Israel in the borders of the demarcation line from 1967.
“The Czech Republic together with other EU member states, following the EU Foreign Affaires Council Conclusions, considers Jerusalem to be future capital of both states, meaning the State of Israel and the future State of Palestine.
“The Ministry can start considering moving of the Czech embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem only based on results of negotiations with key partners in the region and in the world.”
More US embassies have tonight been targeted by protesters amid rising anger over President Trump’s speech declaring Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.
Demonstrators have been filmed chanting outside an embassy in Amman, Jordan in unverified footage.
US embassy staff have already warned people not to send their children to school over fears of angry protests.
The US embassy in Ankara, Turkey, was also the scene for angry activists while arrangements were being made for a sit-in protest tomorrow in Kuwait.
US embassies in London and Berlin have warned Americans to ‘remain vigilant’ in the wake of President Trump’s controversial Jerusalem speech.
Advice issued to US nationals includes the need for “caution and personal awareness”.
It comes amid mounting anger towards the US in the Muslim world after President Trump declared Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.
The US embassy in Jordan has instructed children to avoid school tomorrow as it suspended services.
In a series of tweets, the embassy asked Americans in the country to keep a low profile as it feared violent protests over President Trump’s Jerusalem speech.
All Embassy travel outside Amman, both official and personal, has been prohibited until further notice. Americans in Jordan are encouraged to maintain a low profile and to remain alert to developments.
— U.S. Embassy Jordan (@USEmbassyJordan) December 6, 2017
The U.S. Embassy in Amman has temporarily suspended routine public services. U.S. government personnel and their family members in Jordan are limiting public movements, including an instruction for children not to attend school on December 7, 2017.
— U.S. Embassy Jordan (@USEmbassyJordan) December 6, 2017
The demonstration is among many taking place across the Muslim world after Mr Trump declared Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.
In Turkey, protesters gathered outside the US Consulate in Istanbul and the US embassy in Ankara.
Palestinian political party, Fatah, has reportedly called for a general strike in Jerusalem tomorrow to protest against Donald Trump.
The group has called for a day of protest after President Trump declared Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and pledged to move the US embassy there from Tel Aviv.
The move was reported by journalist Khaled Abu Toameh on Twitter.
Furious protests are raging across the Muslim world following Mr Trump’s announcement as world leaders queued up to rebuke him over his intervention.
Reports in Gaza say 250,000 Palestinians have descended in protest at Donald Trump’s move to declare Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.
The Gaza News Twitter account, the official account of the Gaza News Agency, said an angry march was under way in Gaza with protesters filmed waving Palestinian flags.
Theresa May Wednesday night branded Donald Trump “unhelpful” for declaring Jerusalem as Israel’s capital but added she ‘shared his desire’ to end the conflict in the Middle East.
The Prime Minister has responded to the President’s historic announcement in which she appeared to rebuke him but also applaud him for his “commitment to a two-state solution”.
Mrs May also reiterated there were no plans to move the British embassy in Israel from its current base in Tel Aviv
Mrs May said: “We disagree with the US decision to move its embassy to Jerusalem and recognise Jerusalem as the Israeli capital before a final status agreement. We believe it is unhelpful in terms of prospects for peace in the region.
“The British Embassy to Israel is based in Tel Aviv and we have no plans to move it.
“Our position on the status of Jerusalem is clear and long-standing: it should be determined in a negotiated settlement between the Israelis and the Palestinians, and Jerusalem should ultimately be the shared capital of the Israeli and Palestinian states.
“In line with relevant Security Council Resolutions, we regard East Jerusalem as part of the Occupied Palestinian Territories.
“We share President Trump’s desire to bring an end to this conflict.
“We welcome his commitment today to a two-state solution negotiated between the parties, and note the importance of his clear acknowledgement that the final status of Jerusalem, including the sovereign boundaries within the city, must be subject to negotiations between the Israelis and the Palestinians.
“We encourage the US Administration to now bring forward detailed proposals for an Israel-Palestinian settlement.
“To have the best chances of success, the peace process must be conducted in an atmosphere free from violence. We call on all parties to work together to maintain calm.”
UN Secretary General António Guterres tonight said there was no “plan B” for peace in the Middle East.
Mr Guterres said a two-state solution was key to bringing stability to the region, which has tonight been thrown into doubt after President Trump declared Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.
Amid mounting condemnation from across the globe, Mr Guterres said: “From day one as Secretary-General of the United Nations, I have consistently spoken out against any unilateral measures that would jeopardize the prospect of peace for Israelis and Palestinians.
“Jerusalem is a final status issue that must be resolved through direct negotiations between the two parties on the basis of the relevant Security Council and General Assembly resolutions, taking into account the legitimate concerns of both the Palestinian and the Israeli sides.
“I understand the deep attachment that Jerusalem holds in the hearts of so many people. It has been so for centuries and it will always be.
“In this moment of great anxiety, I want to make it clear : there is no alternative to the two-state solution. There is no Plan B.
“It is only by realizing the vision of two states living side-by-side in peace, security and mutual recognition, with Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and Palestine, and all final status issues resolved permanently through negotiations, that the legitimate aspirations of both peoples will be achieved.”
The EU Commission has revealed “serious concern” peace could be destabilised in the Middle East over President Trump’s declaration on Jerusalem.
The group said it feared “repercussions” after Mr Trump said Jerusalem was Israel’s capital and pledged to move the US embassy there from Tel Aviv.
It also clarified its position remain unchanged as it continues to work towards a two-state solution.
In a tweet, the EU Commission said: “Serious concern about today’s announcement by the US President Trump on Jerusalem & repercussions this may have on the prospect of peace.
“The EU position remains unchanged. We will increase our work with parties & partners to negotiate status of Jerusalem as capital of 2 states.”
Serious concern about today’s announcement by the US President Trump on Jerusalem & repercussions this may have on the prospect of peace.
Canada has become the latest country to distance itself from Donald Trump as it called for calm in the Middle East.
Chrystia Freeland, Minister of Foreign Affairs, said the status of Jerusalem could only be resolved by settling the Palestinian-Israeli dispute.
It comes as Donald Trump tonight declared Jerusalem to be the Israel’s capital – sparking fury across the Muslim world.
Ms Freeland said: “Canada is a steadfast ally and friend of Israel and friend to the Palestinian people.
“Canada’s longstanding position is that the status of Jerusalem can be resolved only as part of a general settlement of the Palestinian-Israeli dispute.
“We are strongly committed to the goal of a comprehensive, just and lasting peace in the Middle East, including the creation of a Palestinian state living side-by-side in peace and security with Israel.
“We call for calm and continue to support the building of conditions necessary for the parties to find a solution.”
Lebanon’s Prime Minister Saad Hariri has said President Trump’s move to recognise Jerusalem as the Israeli capital and move its embassy there has been ‘rejected by the Arab world’.
Mr Hariri tweeted: “The American decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and the transfer of the embassy to it is a step rejected by the Arab world and warning of the dangers of blowing on the region.
“Lebanon condemns and rejects this resolution and proclaims on this day the highest degree of solidarity with the Palestinian people and their right to establish an independent State with Jerusalem as its capital.”
Palestine’s President has accused the US of ‘withdrawing’ from the Middle East peace process.
Mahmoud Abbas has reportedly ordered his team to return from Washington in response to President Trump’s announcement that Jerusalem is the capital of Israel.
Speculation suggests Palestinian national and Islamic forces will take action in the city after President Trump declared it Israel’s capital.
Elsewhere, reports suggest a “day in anger” will take in Lebanon while a march for Palestine is believed to be taking place in Tunisia.
Jeremy Corbyn has slammed Donald Trump’s historic announcement on Jerusalem as a ‘reckless threat to peace’.
The Labour leader has voiced his outrage after the President broke with tradition by saying he recognised Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.
He also called on the Government to condemn the “dangerous act”.
Mr Corbyn tweeted: “Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, including occupied Palestinian territory, is a reckless threat to peace. The British Government must condemn this dangerous act and work for a just and viable settlement of the conflict.”
French President Emmanuel Macron has hit out at Donald Trump over his historic announcement on Jerusalem.
Mr Macron said his country does not support President Trump’s “unilateral” decision to recognise Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and called for calm across the region.
He said: “This decision is a regrettable decision that France does not approve of and goes against international law and all the resolutions of the U.N. Security Council.”
Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has said the Jewish people will be “forever grateful” after Donald Trump declared Jerusalem as the Israeli capital.
The leader tweeted: “Thank you for today’s historic decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.
“The Jewish people and the Jewish state will be forever grateful.”
He said the decision was an important step towards peace and called on all countries to follow the US and move their embassies to Jerusalem.
Hamas has declared mass protests will be held rejecting President Trump’s move to recognise Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.
The Palestinian militant Islamist organisation said rallies would take place in Gaza, Rafah and Jabalia tonight.