Shortly after US President Donald Trump’s speech regarding Jerusalem’s status, the Palestinian Authority harshly condemned Trump’s decision to recognize the city as Israel’s capital: “These shameful steps constitute a declaration of the United States’ withdrawal from its role of being the sponsor of the peace process.” Iran, Turkey and Jordan also criticized Trump’s decision.
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While Israeli politicians are welcoming US President Donald Trump’s speech regarding Jerusalem’s status, leaders across the world are harshly responding and condemning Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.
The Palestinian Authority quickly denounced the speech. Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas said that “these shameful steps constitute a declaration of the United States’ withdrawal from its role of being the sponsor of the peace process.” In addition, he said that the speech violates international agreements between the sides. Senior Palestinian diplomat Saeb Erekat echoed Abbas’ remarks, saying that “Trump’s announcement ended Washington’s role in the peace process.”
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“Trump’s speech has ruined the two-state solution,” the Palestine Liberation Organization stated. Hamas was quick to issue a threat: “This is the time for all the Muslims around the world to unite and achieve peace by ending the Israeli occupation of Palestine.” The Fatah leadership has not yet issued an official response.
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Iran also condemned the American recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital city. The Iranian Foreign Ministry issued an official statement shortly after the speech, stressing that it “strongly condemns” Trump’s decision. In addition, the Jordanian Foreign Ministry slammed the speech, saying that Trump’s announcement violates the international laws concerning Jerusalem.
The Turkish government called Trump’s decision “irresponsible.” Ankara said that Trump’s speech “will likely cause many negative results” and called on the US “to stop the non-calculated steps that will likely harm the multi-cultural identity and historical status of Jerusalem.” Meanwhile, hundreds of people gathered outside the American embassy in Istanbul shortly after Trump’s speech in order to protest against his decision.
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While UN Secretary-General António Guterres did not condemn Trump’s decision, he said that he will do everything in his power “to support the Israeli and Palestinian leaders to return to meaningful negotiations and to realize this vision of a lasting peace for both people.”
“In this moment of great anxiety, I want to make it clear: there is no alternative to the two-state solution,” Guterres explained. “There is no Plan B.”