US President Donald Trump's decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel draws criticism in the Arab world, in Europe and other parts of the world.
In his speech on Wednesday (7/12), Trump described his decision as a long-standing move delayed after previous presidents failed to fulfill the US pledge against Israel for 22 years. But the status of Jerusalem is a fierce issue that many countries should negotiate between Israel and the Palestinians.
As expected, Palestine and its supporters across the world are angry at the US president's decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.
"Trump encourages extremism religious beliefs here and abroad and he blows hard on the prospects for peace in the region, "said Nihad Awad of the Council on American-Islamic Relations or CAIR.
There is concern that this Trump move undermines the chances of a two-state solution in the Middle East UN Secretary General Antonio Gutteres said the status of Jerusalem should be resolved through direct negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians, reiterating that unilateral steps could undermine peace efforts.
"I will do everything within my authority to bring Israeli and Palestinian leaders back to the negotiations which means, "he explained.
Palestinian chief negotiator Saeb Erekat said Trump's move disqualified America as one of the players in the Middle East peace process. "It violates international law, human rights, and converts the conflict between Palestine and Israel from political issues into religious issues," he explained.A number of analysts agreed, Trump's decision hinted at the end of the US-led peace process.
"The Palestinian people will not allow this . I think, whoever the Palestinian leader who seeks to agree on it will completely fall in the eyes of his people. I think this is the end of the American-led peace process, "explains Khaled Elgindy of the Brookings Institution.
Nathan Diament, chair of the Orthodox Jewish advocacy group in Washington told VOA, recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel will help revive the peace process.
The announcement from President Trump today and the beginning of the process of moving the embassy sends a very important message to Palestine and others: if you keep going, things will not stay the same, you just lose ground. So, for your sake, first of all, find ways to stop things that are destroying the peace process. "
A US law of 1995 planned to move the United States Embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, but so far all presidents before Trump took steps to postpone the plan for security reasons [ab/uh]