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Jerusalem status

World condemns Trump’s decision

Bangladesh deeply concerned; UNSC meet today
AFP

Traditional US allies are among a growing chorus condemning President Trump's decision to recognise Jerusalem as Israel's capital, report agencies. Saudi Arabia called it "unjustified and irresponsible", while France and the UK said they did not support the decision.

But Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu hailed it as "historic" and said he was sure more countries would follow suit. Our diplomatic correspondent adds: Bangladesh is also deeply concerned over the United States’ recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. Dhaka has voiced its support on preserving the status of Jerusalem in accordance with the relevant United Nations resolutions.    

“Bangladesh expresses deep concern at the recent announcement by the United States recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. Bangladesh stresses on preserving the legal status of Jerusalem within the framework of relevant UN resolutions,” said a statement issued by the foreign ministry yesterday.

“Bangladesh reaffirms its position in favour of establishing the State of Palestine on the basis of the 1967 borders with East Jerusalem as its capital,” it said.

“Bangladesh urges all parties concerned to take a pragmatic approach to the Middle East Peace Process in reaching a two state solution for peace and stability in the region,” it added.

President Trump's move reversed decades of US policy on one of the thorniest issues between Israel and Palestinians.

The UN Security Council will meet today in emergency session to discuss the decision by US President Donald Trump, according to AFP.

Hundreds of Israeli troops have been deployed to the West Bank amid a day of protests and strikes by Palestinians. The Islamist group Hamas has called for a new intifada, or uprising.

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has called for support from the UN Security Council and the Arab League. The US president said on Wednesday that he had “determined it is time to officially recognise Jerusalem as the capital of Israel”. “I’ve judged this course of action to be in the best interests of the United States of America and the pursuit of peace between Israel and the Palestinians,” he said. Trump said he was directing the US state department to begin preparations to move the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, reported BBC.

Despite warnings of regional unrest over any such move, the decision fulfils a campaign promise and appeals to Mr Trump’s right-wing base. Recognising Jerusalem as Israel’s capital was “nothing more or less than a recognition of reality”, he added. “It is also the right thing to do.”

Mr Trump said the US would support a two-state solution - shorthand for a final settlement that would see the creation of an independent Palestinian state within pre-1967 ceasefire lines in the West Bank, Gaza Strip and East Jerusalem, living peacefully alongside Israel - “if agreed to by both sides”.

The president also refrained from using Israel’s description of Jerusalem as its “eternal and undivided capital”. The Palestinians want East Jerusalem to be the capital of any future Palestinian state. Benjamin Netanyahu said Israel was profoundly grateful to Mr Trump, who had “bound himself forever with the history of the capital”.

He also said Israel was “in touch with other countries to follow suit. I have no doubt other embassies will move to Jerusalem - the time has come.” He did not name any of these countries, although the Philippines and the Czech Republic have been singled out in Israeli media. The Republican Jewish Coalition thanked the president in a New York Times ad.

The mood was very different on the Palestinian side, with a day of strikes and protests planned. The leader of the Islamist movement Hamas, which dominates Gaza, called for a “day of rage” on Friday and said it should “be the first day of the intifada against the occupier”.

“We have given instructions to all Hamas members and to all its wings to be fully ready for any new instructions or orders that may be given to confront this strategic danger,” Ismail Haniya said.

Meanwhile, Mr Abbas’ rival Fatah movement is seeking to protest through diplomatic means, by filing a complaint to the UN Security Council and pushing for a strong stance by the Arab League.

“We are going to declare the United States disqualified as co-sponsor of any peace process or political process,” spokesman Dr Nasser al-Kidwa said. “In our mind, it has lost its ability to do or perform any efforts in this regard.”

 

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