President Donald Trump on Wednesday recognized Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.
It’s a sharp turn from decades-old US policy, and pushes America into uncharted territory in the Middle East peace process.
Globally, countries including the United States have, in the past, refrained from naming Jerusalem the capital of Israel because of its disputed status between Israelis and Palestinians.
The international community doesn’t recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, and most of the embassies are located in Tel Aviv.
Trump’s announcement drew intense criticism and condemnation from US allies, not to mention furious statements from Palestinian officials and the Muslim world in general.
Within minutes of his announcement, US embassies in Turkey, Jordan, Germany and Britain issued security alerts to American citizens asking them to be cautious.
Reactions from Global Leaders
According to British Prime Minister Theresa May, the announcement by Trump was “unhelpful in terms of prospects for peace in the region” She added that the UK did not intend to follow suit.
French President Emmanuel Macron called it “a regrettable decision,” and added that “France does not approve, it contradicts international law and it ignores U.N. Security Council resolutions.”
Saudi Arabia on Thursday criticized the decision, calling the move “unjustified and irresponsible”.
The move was also condemned by Turkey, Jordan, Egypt and Lebanon.
Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Mr. Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem “is an important step toward peace.”
As we can see, the decision has already isolated the United States from global opinion, save for Israel.
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