Haley: Trump isn't deciding who controls East Jerusalem

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Haley: Trump isn't deciding who controls East Jerusalem

World leaders reacted with dismay after President Donald Trump chose to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital and relocate the US embassy there, amid concern the moves could ignite new violence and bury any hope for resolving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

British Prime Minister Theresa May said: "We disagree with the United States decision to move its embassy to Jerusalem and recognise Jerusalem as the Israeli capital before a final status agreement", the spokesman said. "We expect the worldwide community to accept Trump's decision".

Earlier, the Palestinian authorities have reiterated their stance that there will be no sovereign state of Palestine without East Jerusalem as its capital. Trump will still sign the waiver, officials said, because there is no immediate timeline for when the embassy relocation will take place and the law requires cuts to State Department funding if the deadline lapses.

Although welcomed by Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu as a "courageous and just decision", Trump's move also left the already faltering peace process in deep doubt.

The status of Jerusalem is a critical issue in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, with both sides claiming the city as their capital. It's part of a shift in American policy, acknowledging Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

Essentially Jerusalem is viewed as an issue for final status negotiations between the two sides.

He also said the United States would move its embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, although he set no timetable.

Islamist movement Hamas, which controls Gaza and does not recognise Israel, calls Jerusalem the Palestinian capital. The statement also issued restrictions on US government employees' personal and official travel for certain areas of Israel.

In 1947, the United Nations devised a plan to divide British mandate Palestine into three entities: a Jewish state, an Arab state and Jerusalem, which would have a unique status as an internationally controlled city.

Haley: Trump isn't deciding who controls East Jerusalem
Haley: Trump isn't deciding who controls East Jerusalem

French President Emmanuel Macron told reporters on a visit to Algiers the decision "contravenes all rules of worldwide law", adding that the short-term priority was to ensure people stayed calm as it is up to Israelis and Palestinians to continue the peace process.

Qatari Foreign Minister said Trump's decision is a "dangerous escalation and death sentence for all who seek peace", Al Jazeera reported.

Jordan, the second Arab state to make peace with Israel, in 1994, said Trump's action was "legally null" because it consolidated Israel's occupation of the eastern sector of the contested city in the 1967 Middle East war.

Turkey called the decision "irresponsible" and illegal.

"We call upon the US Administration to reconsider this faulty decision which may result in highly negative outcomes and to avoid uncalculated steps that will harm the multicultural identity and historical status of Jerusalem", the Turkish foreign ministry said in a statement. Hundreds of protesters gathered outside the USA consulate in Istanbul, according to live footage from Turkey's state-run TRT television. The protest was largely peaceful, although some of the demonstrators threw coins and other objects at the consulate.

French President Emmanuel Macron said he did not support Trump's "unilateral" move. The planned move has been strongly condemned by the worldwide community.

"The status of Jerusalem is a question of global security that concerns the entire worldwide community".

Israelis and Palestinians reacted in starkly different terms.

Several nations and worldwide organizations have sounded the alarm in the past week as it became increasingly evident that Trump meant to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital. "For now, I urge for calm and for everyone to be responsible".

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