Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital meets criticisms as Muslim nations call for summit
– Organisation of Islamic Cooperation said United States President Donald Trump recognising Jerusalem as the capital of Israel would be seen as a blatant attack on the Arab and Islamic nations
– The organisation plans to hold a summit if the United States takes the step of recognising Jerusalem as Israel’s capital
– The move by the US has been condemned by both the Palestinian authority and Hamas in Gaza, as well as Jordan, Egypt and Turkey
The organisation of Islamic Cooperation has said United States president Donald Trump recognising Jerusalem as the capital of Israel would be seen as a blatant attack on the Arab and Islamic nations, YNet reports.
NAIJ.com gathers that the organisation plans to hold a summit if the United States takes the step of recognising Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.
Trump is faced with a decision this week over Jerusalem’s status.
The Islamic body said in a statement: “If the United States takes the step of recognising Jerusalem as the so-called capital of Israel, we unanimously recommend holding a meeting at the level of council of foreign ministers followed by an Islamic summit as soon as possible.”
Jerusalem’s status is one of the most contentious issues of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict of many years.
Recognising Jerusalem as the capital of Israel has been an issue that most of the international community shy away from, United States inclusive, until recently when Trump deviated from the norm.
In a statement by Palestinian deputy prime minister, Ziad Abu Amr, he informed US consul general, Donald Blome, that it is unacceptable to move the American embassy to Jerusalem or recognise Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.
President Donald Trump shakes hands with Israel’s prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu
Amr said such move by the US would be disrespectful and contrary to the role of the US as a mediator and sponsor of the peace process. It added that do so disqualifies the United States from this role and closes every door to continuing a serious peace process.
NAIJ.com had previously reported that Jared Kushner, Trump’s son-in-law and senior adviser had said the president was weighing his options on whether to recognise Jerusalem as Israel’s capital or to proceed immediately in moving the U.S. Embassy from Tel Aviv to the holy city.
“The president is going to make his decision. He is still looking at a lot of different facts,” Kushner said at an event hosted by the Brookings Institution, a Washington think-tank.
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