Washington (December 06, 2017): The US President Donald Trump will announce to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and will move its embassy there breaking with longtime US policy and potentially threatening regional stability.
US President Donald Trump on Thursday said that the move was “long overdue.”
“Many presidents have said they want to do something and they didn´t do it, whether it´s courage or they changed their mind, I can´t tell you,” Trump said, portraying himself as daring to fulfill a promise that previous presidents have shied away from.
“I think it´s long overdue,” he said.
Despite warnings from Western and Arab allies, President Trump in a speech will direct the State Department to begin looking for a site for an embassy in Jerusalem as part of what is expected to be a years-long process of relocating diplomatic operations from Tel Aviv.
Jerusalem’s status has been a stumbling block in decades of on-off Israeli-Palestinian peace efforts. Israel considers the city its eternal and indivisible capital and wants all embassies to be based there.
But Palestinians want the capital of an independent Palestinian state in the east of the city.Washington’s Middle East allies have all warned against the dangerous repercussions of his decision.President Trump will sign a national security waiver delaying a physical move since the United States does not have an embassy structure in Jerusalem to move into.
Earlier, Pakistan on Wednesday reaffirmed full solidarity with the Palestinian people and expressed concern over the proposed move by the United States to shift its embassy in Israel to Jerusalem, saying “such a step would constitute a clear violation of international law and UN Security Council (UNSC) resolutions”.
The Foreign Office called upon the United States to ‘refrain from any move that alters the legal and historical status as well as the character of Al-Quds Al-Sharif, fully comply with all applicable UN Security Council resolutions including UNSCR 478.’
While reaffirming full solidarity with the Palestinian people, the foreign office renewed its call for the establishment of a ‘viable, independent and contiguous State of Palestine,’ on the basis of internationally agreed parameters, the pre-1967 borders, and with Al-Quds Al-Sharif as its capital.US President Donald Trump told Arab leaders on Tuesday that he intends to move the US embassy in Israel to Jerusalem, a decision that breaks with decades of US policy and risks fuelling further unrest in the Middle East.
“It would also sidestep decades of global consensus on this issue, undermine regional peace and security as well as derail any prospects for a lasting peace in the Middle East,” read the PM Office statement.
PM Office said the people and government of Pakistan are unequivocally opposed to the reported plan of shifting the US Embassy, adding that, “Pakistan fully endorses the recently adopted final communique of the Organisation of Islamic Conference (OIC) on this issue.”