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US Jerusalem recognition: Our position on Palestine is independent, consistent, says India

"India's position on Palestine is independent and consistent. It is shaped by our views and interests, and not determined by any third country," says Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) Spokesperson Raveesh Kumar as saying.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: December 10, 2017 3:43 pm
US Jerusalem recognition: Our position on Palestine is independent, consistent, says India An escalating dispute over metal detectors at a contested Jerusalem shrine is emerging as a major crisis between Israel and Palestine. (AP file photo)

With US President Donald Trump officially recognising Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, India on Thursday stated that its position on Palestine is ‘independent and consistent’ and is not determined by any third country.

“India’s position on Palestine is independent and consistent. It is shaped by our views and interests, and not determined by any third country,” Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) Spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said.

This remark from New Delhi came after Trump declared Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and sparking frustrated Palestinians to cry out that he had destroyed the already-fragile Mid-east hopes for peace. He also directed the State Department to initiate the process of moving the American embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, which many Arab leaders warn can trigger an upheaval in the already volatile Middle East .

The declaration came in a press conference which was held in the White House with Vice-President Mike Pence accompanying the 45th US President.

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“I have determined that it is time to officially recognise Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. I direct to move the US Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, the new embassy will be a magnificent tribute to peace. For over 20 years every previous American president has exercised the law’s waiver, refusing to move the American Embassy to Jerusalem or to recognise Jerusalem as Israel’s capital city, under the belief that it will advance the cause of peace,” said Trump in his presser.

“We cannot solve our problems by repeating same failed strategies of the past. Old challenges demand new approach, my announcement today is a new approach to the conflicts between Israel and Palestine,” he said.

“Israel is a sovereign nation with the right to determine its own capital and acknowledging this is necessary for peace in the region. Jerusalem is not just the heart of three great religions but also the heart of one of the most successful democracies in the world,” he added.

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The US president insisted that the decision was not intended to deflect from their commitment to move from peace process and they were not taking a position on the final status issue including the boundaries of Israeli sovereignty in Jerusalem.

“We call for calm, moderation and voices of tolerance to prevail over the perverse of hate. Our children should inherit our love, not our conflicts,” he said.

While President Trump’s move has been welcomed by many, the decision has also received condemnation from various Muslim countries, including the United Nations.

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  1. Samir Thapa
    Dec 22, 2017 at 1:05 am
    India must support Jeru m as the capital of Israel because it is part of Israel and they have the full right to do so.
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    1. G Gill
      Dec 22, 2017 at 5:32 pm
      u are ed
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    2. InformationTechnologyVision DWCLLC
      Dec 7, 2017 at 4:19 pm
      This is shameful act of Americian history other presidents to Trump were illeterate and he is most honorable presient of ISrael instead of united States. We all in the world condem to his act and his speech of 06.12.14.. Good stand taken by India not to work with his hate policies ... Jai Hind
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        Manzoor
        Dec 7, 2017 at 2:46 pm
        This joker is diverting his repeated failures/misdeeds by doing this illegal act.
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          Michelle:Vedic:human
          Dec 7, 2017 at 2:40 pm
          Christianity is an echo of the Indian religion and Islam is the re-echo of that echo. Abraham, the father of Christianity and Islam is stolen from Brahma of Hinduism. Sarah, Abraham's wife from Saraswati, Hagar Sarah's maidservant from Ghaggar, Chris-t from KrIsh-na, etc etc. A 6000 year old Lord Rama and carvings in Silemania, Iraq is proof Hinduim predates Christianity and Islam. Link: hinduexistence /2015/10/13/six-thousand-years-old-shri-rama-and- -carvings-in-silemania-of-iraq/----Jai hind.
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          1. InformationTechnologyVision DWCLLC
            Dec 7, 2017 at 4:21 pm
            Your poor knowledge read all the holy books properly than please pass the comment dont get blind if he agaisnt of Christanity or muslims we all indian knows Trump is Jews... Jai Hind
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            Michelle:Vedic:human
            Dec 7, 2017 at 2:36 pm
            Christian is a itself confused created religion with multiple denomi-nation,---a twisted version of Hinduism and twisted version spelling with similar sound,---Chris is a twisted version of KRISH,----Christmas is a twisted version of KRISHNA-STAMI,---Sara-swati was cut short to Sara,---BRAHAMA cut A from back and put in front to become Abraham,---ISH-MAHAL was twisted as Ishmael,----no mention of Christmas tree in bible and yet is a twisted and a copied version of BODHI tree of lord Buddha,---and all these were devotees of lord shiva,----watch ""VEDIC ISLAM,--and ISLAM ROOTS""---you tube and you will find the truth behind creation of christain and Islam and its origin shooting out of Hinduism,-----Jai hind.
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