Donald Trump’s decision to make Jerusalem Israel’s capital has been met with a wave of disapproval from the international community.
The diplomatic fallout is to include a special meeting of the UN Security council later today.
Antonio Guterres, United Nations Secretary-General said there was “no alternative to the two-state solution. There is no Plan B”.
“It is only by realizing the vision of two states living side by side in peace, security and mutual recognition, with Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and Palestine, and all final status issues resolved permanently through negotiations, that the legitimate aspirations of both peoples will be achieved.”
French President Emmanuel Macron said he did not support President Trump’s unilateral decision:
“I can only disapprove and reaffirm my position, since the decision of President Trump is a unilateral decision which only involves the United States of America. I simply reaffirm that this decision contravenes international law and UN resolutions.
German Foreign Minister Siegmar Gabriel said the move risks being viewed as biased in the pursuit of peace in the Middle East:
“We have always stayed in Tel Aviv…..our embassies are there, the European embassies are there. There is a reason for that because we don’t want to appear on one side or the other. The status of Jerusalem is part of a negotiation process that ultimately has to be decided between Israelis and Palestinians.”