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Palestine files UN complaint over Trump's decision

Thursday 07/December/2017 - 08:32 PM
Sada El Balad
Ahmed Mohsin
Palestine has lodged a complaint with the United Nation Security Council over US President Donald Trump's decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel، Sky News reported.

On Wednesday، U.S. President Donald Trump has formally recognized Jerusalem as Israel's capital as US already started preparations to move the U.S. Embassy to the city.

Trump informed the Palestinian Authority's president، Mahmoud Abbas، and Jordan's King Abdullah II of his decision on Tuesday. He is set to deliver a major speech from the White House at 1 p.m. ET on Wednesday.

Leaders and diplomats across the Middle East have predicted that such a move might scuttle peace negotiations، embolden extremists، and even spark a new conflict in the region.
Recognition of Jerusalem، coupled with the embassy move، would be consistent with the stated wishes of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu but would make the US the only country with an embassy in the contested holy city.

Moving the embassy would elicit strong feelings among Muslims and Arabs، many of whom see it as an unwelcome intrusion into matters they feel must be decided through negotiations and not unilaterally by the US.

The Palestinians seek East Jerusalem as the capital of a future Palestinian state، and the United Nations maintains that Israel's continued occupation of East Jerusalem، which it conquered in the Six Day War in 1967، is illegal under international law.

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