Recognition Of Jerusalem Is A Reckless Threat To Peace; Corbyn Criticises Trump’s Decision

Following the US president’s announcement on Jerusalem, Labours Leader Jeremy Corbyn has condemned Donald Trump and tweeted the recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, including occupied Palestinian territory, is a reckless threat to peace. Mr Corbyn said the UK Government must condemn this dangerous act and work for a just and viable settlement of the conflict.

On Wednesday, Trump announced that the US embassy will move from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem which raised criticisms of many nations around the world.

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Labour MP Ben Bradshaw called on UK Prime Minister to unequivocally condemn Trump’s decision of moving the embassy to Jerusalem. Theresa May said she intends to speak to Donald Trump about the issue, although the Government’s position on the issue “has not changed.”

MP Bradshaw said the recognition by Trump of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel will do grave damage to the prospects for a just and lasting peace settlement between the Israelis and the Palestinians, which “has been British and indeed American foreign policy for decades.”

Ms May said in a statement that their position on the status of Jerusalem is clear and long-standing. She said 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.

Ms May continued saying that 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.” PM said.

The PM stated the peace process must be conducted in an atmosphere free from violence to have the best chances of success, and asked all parties to work together to maintain calm.

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