Trump Recognition Problem Jerusalem The Capital of Israel Tuai Negative Reactions

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]

Southern Nepal Holds Second and Final Elections

Millions of voters in Nepal are heading for polls in a historic election that completes the country's transition to full democracy.

Today's vote (7/12) is the second and final round of elections that will formally form seven provincial assemblies, and elected 275 members of parliament. Around 12 million voters in southern Nepal will vote in the second round on Thursday, and similar elections have been held in northern Nepal on November 26. The newly elected Assembly will name the newly formed provinces and draft provincial laws.

Thousands of police and soldiers have been stationed at polling stations to prevent a repeat of violence as it took place before the first round of elections, resulting in one death and dozens more injured. [lt]

President Jokowi slams Trump Claims over Jerusalem

President Joko Widodo deplores the policy of President of the United States (US) Donald Trump who recognizes Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. Jokowi at the Bogor Palace on Thursday (7/12) asked Donald Trump to reconsider the decision.

"Indonesia strongly condemns the unilateral recognition of the United States against Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and asks the United States to reconsider the decision," said Jokowi. 19659003] Jokowi asserted that the unilateral claim of the United States of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel could trigger a world security problem.

"Such unilateral confession has violated various Security Council resolutions and the UN General Assembly, which the United States has become a permanent member, world, "he added.

Indonesia continued President, has established communication with the member countries of the Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC) and the United Nations (UN) to immediately meet and address it. [19659003] "In recent days the Government of Indonesia has been communicating with OIC countries." For OKI will immediately hold a special session on the matter of this unilateral recognition, and ask the United Nations to immediately meet and address the unilateral recognition of the United States, "said Jokowi.

Indonesian Foreign Ministry continued Jokowi will also give this statement of condemnation Indonesia through the United States Ambassador to Indonesia

"I have also ordered the Minister of Foreign Affairs to summon the US Ambassador to directly convey the position of the Government of Indonesia," he said.

Jokowi further ensures that the Government and the people of Indonesia remain consistent in fighting for Palestine to become an independent state. "I and the people of Indonesia, all of us, remain consistent, to continue with the Palestinian people in their struggle for independence and their rights, in accordance with the mandate of the preamble of the 1945 Constitution."

Indonesia Send Diplomatic Note to US [19659003] President Jokowi sure will not communicate directly with US President Donald Trump on this issue, before the convening of OkI session. Jokowi is planning to attend an OIC trial scheduled to be held in Turkey on December 13.

"I will come to the OIC trial on December 13 because we have contacted all countries in Istanbul Turkey," explained Jokowi. 19659014] Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi on the sidelines of the Bali Democracy Forum in Serpong Banten on Thursday (7/12) said he would summon US Ambassador Joseph Donovan to ask for an explanation regarding President Donald Trump's decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. He also said he had communicated with US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson to affirm Indonesia's stance on the White House's move.

To Rex, he also said that Indonesia considers this decision to undermine the peace process between Israel and Palestine as well as peace in the Middle East. Retno said Indonesia through its permanent representation to the United Nations in New York continues to strengthen communications with members of the UN Security Council in response to Trump's decision.

US President Donald Trump, on Wednesday time Washington, officially recognized Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. His decision was "contradictory" to US foreign policy that has been running for seven decades. Donald Trump's announcement marked the first step of moving the US Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. [aw/uh]

Protest against Trump, Palestinians turn off Christmas lights in Bethlehem

Palestinians turn off Christmas lights around Jesus' birthplace in Bethlehem on Wednesday night in protest at President Donald Trump's decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

A tree christmas decorated with lights outside the Church of Nativity in Bethlehem, which Christians believe to be the birthplace of Jesus, and a Christmas tree in Ramallah, next to the tomb of former Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat, became completely dark.

"The Christmas tree is turned off at the mayor's command today in protest at Trump's decision," said Fady Ghattas, a Bethlehem City state media official. He said it was still unclear whether Christmas lights would be lit again before Christmas.

In a speech from Washington, Trump said he decided to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and would move the American embassy to the city.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Trump's move marked a fresh start to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict approach and said the decision was a historic decision.

Arab and Muslim societies across the Middle East condemned the American decision, calling it a move that will further heat up areas that do not stable it. The EU and the UN have also warned of possible impacts of efforts to revive peace between Israel and the Palestinians. [fw/au]

Trump Acts to Acknowledge Jerusalem as the Capital of Israel Sparks World Unrest

The international community responded quickly to President Donald Trump's announcement that America would formally recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. Trump's move could trigger Israeli-Palestinian violence back.

UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres on Wednesday urged the public to be calm and restrained. "Since the first day as Secretary-General of the UN I have always opposed unilateral steps that threaten the Israeli-Palestinian peace prospects," Guterres told reporters.

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said Trump's announcement of Jerusalem was a statement of withdrawal from the role America holds in the peace process .

Egypt, the first Arab country to sign a peace treaty with Israel condemned Trump's decision. The Egyptian Foreign Ministry statement said Trump's decision violated an international resolution on the status of Jerusalem.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu welcomed the decision. "We are very grateful for the fair and courageous decision to recognize Jerusalem and get ready to move the American embassy to this city." [ds]