After Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu praised US President Donald Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, European leaders voiced their opposition. “Germany does not support the Trump administration’s stance concerning Jerusalem,” German Chancellor Angela Merkel stated.
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French President Emmanuel Macron joined the wave of countries that have condemned US President Donald Trump’s declaration about recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. He stressed that his country does not support “the unilateral decision” made by Trump. Speaking to reporters on Wednesday in Algeria, he said that Trump made an “unfortunate” decision that violates international law and UN Security Council resolutions.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel also spoke out against Trump’s declaration. She said that “Germany does not support the Trump administration’s stance concerning Jerusalem.” She added that every move related to the peace process needs to be based on a two-state solution.
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Shortly after Trump’s speech, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu commended the US leader for making a “courageous and just decision.” However, leaders from the Arab world harshly criticized Trump. 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.”
During his speech, Trump said: “After more than two decades of waivers, we are no closer to a lasting peace agreement between Israel and the Palestinians. It would be folly to assume that repeating the exact same formula would now produce a different or better result. Therefore, I have determined that it is time to officially recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.”
“Today, we finally acknowledge the obvious: that Jerusalem is Israel’s capital,” he added. “This is nothing more, or less, than a recognition of reality. It is also the right thing to do. It’s something that has to be done.”