Amid the controversy surrounding US President Donald Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, the Vatican’s envoy in Jerusalem reiterated the Catholic Church’s stance on the matter: “Unilateral decisions will not bring peace, but rather will distance it.” He also stressed that any exclusive claim to the holy city “is contrary to the city’s own logic.”

Archbishop Pierbattista Pizzaballa

Archbishop Pierbattista Pizzaballa Photo Credit: EPA

The Vatican’s envoy in Jerusalem released on Wednesday a statement in which he condemned the American decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. Archbishop Pierbattista Pizzaballa said in the statement that the clear position of the Catholic Church is that “unilateral decisions” are counterproductive to peace.

“Unilateral decisions will not bring peace, but rather will distance it,” he explained. “Jerusalem is a treasure of all humanity. Any exclusive claim – be it political or religious – is contrary to the city’s own logic.”

Earlier this month, US President Donald Trump announced that his administration recognizes Jerusalem as Israel’s capital city, a move that was protested against and condemned around the world. On Monday, the US blocked a draft resolution that called on Trump to rescind his declaration, which was put to a vote in the UN Security Council.

In response to the US decision to block the resolution, a bloc of Arab states requested an emergency UN General Assembly so that the 193 member states can vote on a similar resolution. The meeting is scheduled for Thursday.

As reported by JOL earlier today, US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley has warned that Washington will remember those countries who choose to criticize it by voting in favor of the resolution tomorrow. “At the UN we’re always asked to do more and give more,” wrote Haley on her Twitter account. “So, when we make a decision, at the will of the American people, about where to locate OUR embassy, we don’t expect those we’ve helped to target us. On Thursday there’ll be a vote criticizing our choice. The US will be taking names.”