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UK Rejects Trump Plan Over Jerusalem

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U.S. President Donald Trump (L) and British Prime Minister Theresa May (R) (Xinhua/Ye Pingfan/IANS)

Prime Minister Theresa May said Britain will maintain status quo on Jerusalem as the US decided to move its embassy to Jerusalem and recognise Jerusalem as the Israeli capital….reports Asian Lite News

U.S. President Donald Trump (L) and British Prime Minister Theresa May (R) (Xinhua/Ye Pingfan/IANS)

“We disagree with the US decision to move its embassy to Jerusalem and recognise Jerusalem as the Israeli capital before a final status agreement,” said Mrs May. “We believe it is unhelpful in terms of prospects for peace in the region. The British Embassy to Israel is based in Tel Aviv and we have no plans to move it.

“Our position on the status of Jerusalem is clear and long-standing: it should be determined in a negotiated settlement between the Israelis and the Palestinians, and Jerusalem should ultimately be the shared capital of the Israeli and Palestinian states. In line with relevant Security Council Resolutions, we regard East Jerusalem as part of the Occupied Palestinian Territories.

“We share President Trump’s desire to bring an end to this conflict. We welcome his commitment today to a two-state solution negotiated between the parties, and note the importance of his clear acknowledgement that the final status of Jerusalem, including the sovereign boundaries within the city, must be subject to negotiations between the Israelis and the Palestinians.

“We encourage the US Administration to now bring forward detailed proposals for an Israel-Palestinian settlement.

“To have the best chances of success, the peace process must be conducted in an atmosphere free from violence. We call on all parties to work together to maintain calm.”

Meanwhile, Afzal Khan, Labour’s Shadow Home Office Minister, said Trump’s decision will furthermore incite strong and hateful reactions across the world and will damage relations with key regional allies.

“As MP for Manchester Gorton which hosts many Palestinian constituents, I am appalled by Donald Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and his announcement of plans to relocate the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem,” Mr Khan said in a statement.

“This decision will only serve to legitimise Israel’s 1967 occupation of East Jerusalem which has been repeatedly denounced as a violation of international law by the United Nations. It will embolden Israel’s continued land-grabbing, building of illegal settlements, and denial of justice for the Palestinian people. Through his announcement, Donald Trump has effectively crushed any prospect for a two-state solution.

“Donald Trump’s decision will furthermore incite strong and hateful reactions across the world and will damage relations with key regional allies, many of which have already strongly denounced this move. Instead of displaying responsible leadership and sensitivity in working towards genuine peace and a sustainable solution, what we have received instead is yet another divisive and inflammatory decision by the US President.

“I call upon our Government to unequivocally condemn Donald Trump’s decision on Jerusalem and to work with our allies to mitigate the damage that it will undoubtedly inflict.”