Locals: peace further away as United States embassy moves to Jerusalem

World       by Dawood Rehman | Published

World by Dawood Rehman | Published

Pakistan has voiced grave concerns at the Donald Trump administration's move to shift the US Embassy from Tel Aviv to the Holy City of Jerusalem.

Berlin underlined that people in the Gaza Strip have a right to carry out peaceful protests, but also warned against inflammatory moves.

The Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), in a written statement, described the USA move to relocate its embassy to Jerusalem as "illegal". South Africa's relations with Israel have always been chilly, as the South African government supports the Palestinian cause.

The move will take place on the 70th anniversary of Israel's founding, while the following day Palestinians will mark the Nakba, commemorating the more than 700,000 Palestinians who fled or were expelled in the 1948 war surrounding Israel's creation. "Thank you, @POTUS Trump", Netanyahu said while re-tweeting a Twitter post from Trump.

"A great day for Israel!"

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The Trump administration has said it takes no position on the exact borders of Jerusalem, but does recognize the city as Israel's capital.

Besides, "it will intensify anti-Zionist and anti-US moves in the region and across the world", it said.

Saudi Arabia condemned Israeli gunfire on Monday that killed at least 52 Palestinians and wounded hundreds of others, without mentioning the inauguration of the controversial United States embassy in Jerusalem. "The Secretary-General reiterates that there is no viable alternative to the two-state solution, with Palestine and Israel living side by side in peace, each with its capital in Jerusalem", he added.

Trump spoke via video at the ceremony, lauded in Israel as the fulfilment of a long-held desire for Jerusalem to be recognized as the Jewish nation's capital by its most powerful ally.

Earlier Monday, Turkey's Ministry of Foreign Affairs issued a statement in which it "strongly condemn [s]" the embassy move, saying it violates "international law and all relevant [United Nations] resolutions". The protesters are demanding the return of the land to Palestinians who were driven out.

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While South Africa and Turkey recalled their ambassadors to Israel because of the U.S. decision that has been widely criticised by its Western allies, some African countries sent representatives to witness the official opening of the United States embassy in disputed Jerusalem. Iran's foreign minister described it "a day of great shame".

According to the 1993 Israel-Palestinian peace deal, the final status of Jerusalem is meant to be discussed in the latter stages of peace talks.

Fox News Radio's Guy Benson & Marie Harf sat down with Former US Ambassador to Israel, Dan Shapiro to get his thoughts on the Embassy opening.

Palestinians were not protesting the embassy move alone. "We are in Jerusalem, and we are here to stay".

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