World ‘It’s catastrophic’: U.S. allies reject Trump’s Jerusalem pronouncement

01:22  07 december  2017
01:22  07 december  2017 Source:   The Washington Post

Powerful allies molded Trump's view on Jerusalem

  Powerful allies molded Trump's view on Jerusalem The decision reflects the influence of powerful allies in Trump's inner circle, including Vice President Mike Pence and Republican mega-donor Sheldon Adelson , men determined to coach Trump on the issue and its importance to conservative Jews and evangelical Christians. It comes despite widespread criticism from allies in the Middle East and Europe, and concerns from some members of his own Cabinet."Today we finally acknowledge the obvious: that Jerusalem is Israel's capital," Trump said from the White House. "This is nothing more or less than a recognition of reality. It is also the right thing to do.

“At our bilateral meeting with US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, we once again reminded that moving the US Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem … would bring chaos instead of stability to the region,” Cavusoglu wrote. ‘ It ’ s catastrophic :’ US allies reject Trump ’ s expected Jerusalem

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  The U.S. Recognizing Jerusalem as Israel's Capital Would Threaten Mideast Peace, Abbas Says The Palestinian president on Sunday warned that American recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital would jeopardize the White House’s nascent Mideast peace efforts. President Mahmoud Abbas’ comments came amid a diplomatic push by the Palestinian leader to rally international support against the possible American move later this week.“Any American step related to the recognition of Jerusalem as capital of Israel, or moving the U.S.

Close allies such as Britain, France and Germany all criticized Trump or voiced skepticism ahead of his scheduled pronouncement . President Trump is expected to give a speech Dec. 6 announcing a plan to recognize Jerusalem as Israel' s capital and relocate the embassy from Tel Aviv

Close allies such as Britain, France and Germany all criticized Trump or voiced skepticism ahead of his scheduled pronouncement . " It ' s catastrophic ," Wallström said. The expected announcement dominated European news coverage Wednesday, especially in countries such as Germany, France

Despite strong criticism from the Middle East and carefully worded rebukes from U.S. allies, President Trump formally recognized Jerusalem as the capital of Israel on Wednesday and announced plans to eventually relocate the U.S. Embassy there, a decision that upends decades of U.S. policy.

Several countries are warning that the move could worsen relations between Palestinians and Israelis and spark unrest in the region.

Ahead of Trump's pronouncement, close U.S. allies such as Britain, France and Germany had criticized him and questioned the wisdom of such a move. German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel said Tuesday that the pursuit of such policies by the Trump administration is why traditional U.S.-European ties have started to “crumble.”

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U . S . President Donald Trump speaks during a visit to the Israel Museum in Jerusalem on May 23, 2017. Close allies such as Britain, France and Germany all criticized Trump or voiced skepticism ahead of his scheduled pronouncement . “ It ’ s catastrophic ,” Wallström said.

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“We all know the far-reaching impact this move would have,” Gabriel said. “Germany’s position on this issue remains unchanged: A solution to the Jerusalem problem can only be found through direct negotiations between both parties. Everything which worsens the crisis is counterproductive.”

The German foreign minister’s words were echoed Tuesday by French President Emmanuel Macron, who “reaffirmed that the status of Jerusalem must be resolved through peace negotiations between Israelis and Palestinians,” according to a statement released by the French Embassy in Washington.

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British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson similarly indicated that such a move could further disrupt efforts to reach peace in the region. “Clearly this is a decision that makes it more important than ever that the long-awaited American proposals on the Middle East peace process are now brought forward, and I would say that that should happen as a matter of priority,” Johnson said Wednesday morning as he stood next to U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson at NATO headquarters in Brussels. British Prime Minister Theresa May indicated that she would discuss the decision with Trump and emphasized that Britain's position to not recognize Jerusalem as the Israeli capital remained unchanged.

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U . S . President Donald Trump speaks during a visit to the Israel Museum in Jerusalem on May 23, 2017. Close allies such as Britain, France and Germany all criticized Trump or voiced skepticism ahead of his scheduled pronouncement . “ It ’ s catastrophic ,” Wallström said.

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In the Netherlands, criticism of Trump was unusually strong. “We think it’s an unwise step and a counterproductive step. If we want to solve at some moment the conflict between the Palestinians and the Israelis, we need a two-state solution, and a one-sided step is not going to help,” Dutch Foreign Minister Halbe Zijlstra said in an interview Wednesday. “I don’t think we can use another conflict in this very explosive region.” Zijlstra said he had conveyed his concerns to Tillerson during a two-day meeting of NATO foreign ministers in Brussels.

Tillerson, speaking with reporters about six hours ahead of Trump's speech, brushed off criticisms that the Jerusalem decision is more likely to doom prospects for peace than advance them.

“We continue to believe there is a very good opportunity for peace to be achieved,” he said, urging people to listen to Trump's full speech and its context before passing judgment. “The president is very committed to the Middle East peace process. … He has a team he put into place. That team has been working very diligently.”

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U . S . President Donald Trump speaks during a visit to the Israel Museum in Jerusalem on May 23, 2017. Close allies such as Britain, France and Germany all criticized Trump or voiced skepticism ahead of his scheduled pronouncement . “ It ’ s catastrophic ,” Wallström said.

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Tillerson's message was one he has delivered repeatedly during the NATO meeting. Since he arrived in Brussels on Monday night, virtually every diplomat who has met with the secretary of state has raised objections to Trump’s plan, although Tillerson said they did not spend much time discussing it. But the issue at times pushed him to the sidelines as a silent bystander while his counterparts aired their unhappiness.

Perhaps the strongest warning came out of Sweden, where Foreign Minister Margot Wallström said the changes are “obviously going to lead to massive effects and unease.”

“It's catastrophic,” Wallström said.

The announcement dominated European news coverage Wednesday, especially in countries such as Germany, France and Britain, where anti-Semitic incidents have been on the rise in recent years — partially because of an escalation of tensions between Israel and Palestinians. European nations have hosted multiple interfaith events to discuss ways to de-escalate, and Pope Francis was among the leaders speaking out in favor of preserving the status quo of Jerusalem, which is considered a holy city by Jews, Christians and Muslims.

“The Holy Land is for us Christians the land par excellence of dialogue between God and mankind,” the pope said. “The primary condition of that dialogue is reciprocal respect and a commitment to strengthening that respect, for the sake of recognizing the rights of all people, wherever they happen to be.” The pope also spoke to Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas on Tuesday.

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U . S . President Donald Trump speaks during a visit to the Israel Museum in Jerusalem on May 23, 2017. Close allies such as Britain, France and Germany all criticized Trump or voiced skepticism ahead of his scheduled pronouncement . “ It ’ s catastrophic ,” Wallström said.

Close allies such as Britain, France and Germany all criticized Trump or voiced skepticism ahead of his scheduled pronouncement . " It ' s catastrophic ," Wallström said. The expected announcement dominated European news coverage Wednesday, especially in countries such as Germany, France

Abbas reached out to the presidents of Russia and France, as well as King Abdullah II of Jordan, on Tuesday, urging them to stop the Trump administration's formal recognition of Jerusalem.

In Russia, the Kremlin joined the list of nations fearing that such a move will exacerbate tensions between Israel and Palestinians, saying that the situation could worsen as a result.

It was one of the few times a Kremlin foreign policy goal has converged with that of most NATO member states. In a tweet posted after a Wednesday morning meeting with Tillerson but before Trump's announcement, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu called the administration's imminent Jerusalem announcement a “grave mistake.”

Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim said the U.S. plan is “unlawful” and could have “irreversible consequences” in the region.

“Jerusalem is a very delicate subject in the world of Islam,” Yildirim said at a news conference in Seoul, the state-run Anadolu news agency reported. “Wrong steps in this direction would bring irreversible consequences,” he said, adding that such a move could spur “a new conflict between religions.”

His comments came one day after Turkey’s president, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, called Jerusalem a “red line” for the Muslim world and threatened to cut ties with Israel. Erdogan and Abdullah warned Wednesday that the U.S. move would play into the hands of terrorists. A special summit of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation was scheduled for Dec. 13 to discuss the issue.

Comment: Trump veers past guardrails, feeling impervious to the uproar he causes .
The president shares anti-Muslim videos and stirs other controversies on Twitter, but does not feel burden of consequences, friends and advisers say.President Trump this week disseminated on social media three inflammatory and unverified ­anti-Muslim videos, took glee in the firing of a news anchor for sexual harassment allegations despite facing more than a dozen of his own accusers and used a ceremony honoring Navajo war heroes to malign a senator with a derogatory nickname, "Pocahontas.

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