The US, as of now, is not formally joined by any other nation in recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and currently stands completely at odds with the international opinion.
Israelis and Palestinians reacted in starkly different terms. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu hailed Trump’s announcement as an “important step toward peace,” and Israeli opposition leaders echoed his praise.
No country in the world currently has an embassy in Jerusalem, which is partially an occupied territory under Israeli military control, and neither is it recognised internationally as being unilaterally under Israel’s jurisdiction or ownership.
Francis called for all to honour United Nations resolutions on the city, which is sacred to Jews, Christians and Muslims.
Such step “is not only going to promote international anarchy and disrespect for global institutions and law, but it will also be disqualifying itself to play any role in any initiative toward achieving a just and lasting peace.”
To a question about Palestine’s expectations from India, he said, “What we are expecting is the government to continue to have a positive attitude for the Palestinian cause. And about the relationship between this government and Israel, I can say it could interfere in the situation.”
Thousands of Palestinian Muslims prayed in the streets near Jerusalem’s most contested holy site on Tuesday, heeding a call by clergy to not enter the shrine despite Israel’s seeming capitulation when it removed metal detectors it installed there a week earlier.
While there have been divisions among Donald Trump’s aides on the issue, the view that appears to have prevailed is that the United States should keep the embassy in Tel Aviv for now to avoid angering the Palestinians, Arab governments and Western allies while the president seeks to nurture peace efforts.
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The attacker tried to flee the scene on foot but he was chased, shot and neutralised by the police.
Under American law, any Palestinian case against Israel would trigger an immediate cutoff of U.S. financial support.
On Sunday, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said officials were considering going back to the council.
The deal confirmed a verbal agreement dating back to 1924 that gave the kingdom’s Hashemite leaders custodial rights over the Muslim holy sites.