Eight countries, including France, Egypt, and the UK, have requested an emergency meeting of the UN Security Council over US President Donald Trump’s decision to recognise Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.
Earlier, Jordan rejected the U.S. decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, calling it legally “null” because it consolidated Israel’s occupation of the eastern sector of the contested city.
On Wednesday, President Trump signed the declaration in the White House and shared the video on Twitter.
I have determined that it is time to officially recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. I am also directing the State Department to begin preparation to move the American Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem… pic.twitter.com/YwgWmT0O8m
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 6, 2017
In addition, The Elders, an international non-governmental organisation of public figures noted as elder statesmen, peace activists, and human rights advocates, who were brought together by Nelson Mandela in 2007.
Kofi Annan, Chair of The Elders and former UN Secretary-General, shared his thoughts on Twitter.
I deeply regret today’s decision by the US President breaking with international consensus on #Jerusalem. I hope Palestinians and regional Arab powers will react with restraint, and US allies will do all they can to realign policy with international norms. https://t.co/26no8KzMw8 pic.twitter.com/JqaslyZykt
— Kofi Annan (@KofiAnnan) December 6, 2017
UK leader of Opposition Jeremy Corbyn even termed President Trump’s announcement as ‘reckless’, while German Chancellor Angela Merkel said that her government does not support the American position, since the final status of Jerusalem should be negotiated in the context of a two-state solution.
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.
— Jeremy Corbyn (@jeremycorbyn) December 6, 2017
UK Prime Minister Theresa May, too, put out a statement disagreeing with President Trump’s decision. “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,” she said in a detailed statement
In addition, Joyce Karam, a US-based journalist shared images, reportedly of protests in Turkey, Jordan West Bank and Gaza. She tweeted that these pictures were taken three hours after President Trump’s official declaration.
— Joyce Karam (@Joyce_Karam) December 6, 2017
However, President Trump also had a number of supporters, including veteran comedian Roseanne Barr.
#Jerusalem I thank G-d that I have lived to this day to see The Hanukkah Miracle of 5778-thank you, President Trump! You have honored the heart & soul of a weary nation. Your bravery & fearlessness will never be forgotten. Bless you, from ‘The Jews.’
— Roseanne Barr (@therealroseanne) December 7, 2017
One person even shared a video of former President Barack Obama also speaking of Jerusalem being the capital of Israel
— Tim Young (@TimRunsHisMouth) December 6, 2017