UK Foreign Secretary says Jerusalem recognition could be 'moment of opportunity' for peace

After voting at the UN in favor of condemning Trump's Jerusalem recognition, it seems that the UK's stance on the matter has changed. UK Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson said after meeting with his American counterpart that this could be a "moment of opportunity" for peace.
Boris Johnson praying at the Western Wall in 2015 Photo Credit: Flash90

On Monday evening, UK Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson said that US President Donald Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel could be a “moment of opportunity” for peace in the Middle East. Johnson’s remarks come after the UK voted in favor of the UN resolution to condemn Trump’s Jerusalem recognition and Johnson even claimed that it was not a good move.

“Clearly, Jerusalem now having been recognized by the United States as the capital of Israel, one would expect some sort of symmetrical movement in the other direction to get things moving,” Johnson stated after his meeting with US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson in London. “The world is ready waiting to see with great interest what the US is going to produce by way of a proposal on the Middle East peace process.”

As reported in December by JOL, the UN General Assembly approved by an overwhelming majority a resolution to reject the US recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital, with 128 member states voting in favor of the resolution introduced by a group of Arab countries. Only nine countries voted against the resolution and 35 abstained, including Canada, Australia, Mexico and Argentina.

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