Arab World Condemn Trump Decision, Stick To Two-State Solution

TURKEY

Turkey’s Prime Minister Binali Yildrim says that President Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital is like “pulling the pin of a grenade,” according to Turkey’s state broadcaster TRT Haber.

“Playing with the status of Jerusalem is like pulling the pin of a grenade, it will lead to a grave disaster," Yildrim said.

In a statement on the Prime Minister's website, Yildrim said, “it is a powerful blow to the Israeli-Palestinian peace process. This decision opened Pandora’s box in the region."

MALAYSIA

The Malaysia also expressed concern over the United States' decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and urged the US to reconsider its decision, in a statement issued Thursday by the Malaysian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

"Malaysia reaffirms that the issue of Jerusalem is at the core of the Palestinian cause and requests that all Member States of the United Nations not to recognize any changes in the pre-1967 borders. Any attempts to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, establishing or transferring any diplomatic mission to the city, are considered an act of aggression not only against the Arab and Islamic Ummah, but is a blatant infringement on the rights of Muslims and Christians alike," the statement said.

Muslim-majority Malaysia does not have diplomatic ties with Israel.

"Recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, ignores the reality on the ground, endorses Israel repressive policies, violates Palestinian human rights and contravenes international law," Thursday's statement said. "It is a miscarriage of justice."

TALIBAN

The Taliban in Afghanistan released a statement condemning the US decision, saying it showed Washington's "support for a policy of occupation and colonization of Muslim lands."

"This decision by US President Donald Trump will fan the flames of conflict in the entire world, especially in the Middle East," the statement said.

"If the Muslim world fails to approach their problems in union, recognize anti-Islam plots and continues squandering opportunities, then the moment is close when Muslim sanctums shall be further degraded and the very existence of Muslims shall face immense danger."

Under Trump, the US has doubled down on the war in Afghanistan, substantially increasing the number of airstrikes it has conducted in the country in recent months as Trump removed restrictions on targeting Taliban forces.

AUSTRALIA

Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop said Thursday that Australia will not take steps to move its embassy to Jerusalem.

"The Australian Government is committed to a two-state solution, whereby the Israeli people and the Palestinian people can live in peace, side by side within internationally recognized boundaries and that remains our foreign policy objective in relation to the issues in Israel with the Israeli state and the Palestinian authority," Bishop told reporters in Canberra

"We will not be taking steps to move our embassy, it will continue to offer diplomatic representation in Tel Aviv,"

INDONESIA

Indonesian President Joko Widodo has expressed his government strong condemnation of the US decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and asked Washington to reconsider its decision.

"Such unilateral recognition has violated various Security Council resolutions," Widodo said in a statement, warning it could "destabilize global security."

"I and the people of Indonesia, all remain consistent in standing with the Palestinian people, in their for their independence and rights, in accordance with the mandate of the Preamble of the 1945 Constitution," he said.

INDIA

Following the US decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, Indian Ministry of External Affairs spokesman Raveesh Kumar said Delhi’s position “is independent and consistent. It is shaped by our views and interests, and not determined by any third country.”

India has traditionally supported the Palestinian cause and continues to support development projects by extending technical and financial assistance. In May, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi hosted Mahmoud Abbas for a state dinner and affirmed India’s “commitment to the Palestinian cause” and expressed his hopes of talks between the two parties leading “to the establishment of an independent and sovereign State of Palestine.”

Under Modi, relations with Israel have improved considerably however, and earlier this year he became the first Indian Prime Minister to visit Israel.

Chief Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erakat told CNN's Anderson Cooper that US President Donald Trump is part of the problem and his decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital has disqualified the US from a future role in peacemaking

PAKISTAN

Islamabad has expressed its "strong opposition and condemnation" at the US decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, according to a statement from Pakistan's Foreign Ministry.

“Pakistan shares the international outrage and is deeply concerned over the implications of this decision for international peace and security, especially in the Middle East. Pakistan calls upon the UN Security Council to take cognizance of this situation and take steps in accordance with the UN Charter,” the statement said.

It urged the US to "revisit its decision as soon as possible in order to avoid the potentially grave repercussions in the region and beyond" and welcomed an announcement by Turkey to convene an Extraordinary Islamic Summit next week to discuss the issue.

Trump's decision has united much of the fractious Islamic world in opposition, drawing criticism from Saudi Arabia, Iran, Pakistan, Egypt and Turkey, among other countries.

CHINA

China Daily, the country's main English-language state-run newspaper, published an editorial accusing US President Donald Trump of playing with a match while on a powder keg.

Recognizing Jerusalem as the Israeli capital "will not advance US national interests. Nor will it further efforts to secure peace in the Middle East," the paper said.

"No country has its embassy in Jerusalem, for good reason," the editorial said, adding Trump's move could "open a Pandora's box of turmoil in the region that experience suggest will be felt worldwide."

IRAN

Iran’s Foreign Ministry strongly condemned US President Donald Trump’s decision to move the US embassy to Jerusalem.

In a statement published by Iran’s official news agency IRNA, Iran's Foreign Ministry said the decision will “enrage the Muslims and fan the flames of a new Intifada, prompting violent acts for which the US and Zionist regime should stand accountable."

The ministry called the move “provocative and unwise” and “a flagrant breach of international resolutions.”

GERMANY

The German government doesn't support US President Trump's decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, German Chancellor Angela Merkel's spokesperson Steffen Seibert said on Twitter.

He wrote, "#Merkel on the decision by @POTUS Trump regarding Jerusalem: 'The Federal Government does not support this decision, because the status of Jerusalem is to be negotiated within the framework of a 2-state solution.'"

LEBANON

Lebanon rejects the US decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and to relocate its embassy to it, Prime Minister Saad Hariri said in a statement released by his office.

“It declares on this day the highest degree of solidarity with the Palestinian people and its right to establish an independent state with Jerusalem as its capital," al Hariri said in the statement.

“It is a step rejected by the Arab world, and foreshadows dangers for the region” al-Hariri added.

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