President Donald Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and decision to move the U.S. Embassy to the holy city is null and void. His action violated the international legitimacy resolutions and the UN Charter, according to UN Security Council.
European countries, Egypt and Russia are slated to rail against US President Donald Trump’s declaration that Jerusalem is Israel’s capital, when the United Nations Security Council holds a meeting on the matter in New York on Friday.
PLO Ambassador to the UN Riyad Mansour called on the council “to act swiftly” to avoid “this extremely dangerous situation, which constitutes a threat to international peace and security,” according to the Palestinian news agency WAFA.
It also goes against Security Council Resolution 478, approved in 1980, which specifically called for embassies not to be located in Jerusalem.
These texts reject Israeli sovereignty in Jerusalem, particularly in area over the pre-1967 border.
After Jerusalem recognition, Trump quickly signs waiver delaying embassy move.
Hours after recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s capital Wednesday, and saying he had instructed the State Department to begin preparation to relocate the US embassy there, US President Donald Trump signed the waiver putting off any such move by another six months. United States Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson says Jerusalem embassy move will probably not be for 2 years or more.
In 1995, the US Congress passed the so-called Jerusalem Embassy Act recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and stating that the US Embassy should be moved there. A built-in waiver, which allows the president to temporarily postpone the move on grounds of “national security,” has been repeatedly invoked by successive US presidents, from Bill Clinton to George W. Bush and Barack Obama, meaning the law has never taken effect.
So far at least one Palestinian man has been killed in Gaza border clashes. The Palestinian health ministry says 30-year-old Mohammad al-Masri was killed in clashes with Israeli security forces along the Gaza border. Masri was reportedly killed in clashes east of Khan Younis.
Trump’s speech prompted praise in Israel, but an almost universal international backlash, as allies and foes alike denounced his decision and voiced concerns of new bloodshed in the Middle East.
Multiple agencies contributed to this report.