Tuesday, January 9, 2018

British Government advises Israel, Palestine to share Jerusalem as capital city

The British Government has said that Jerusalem be shared as a capital between Jerusalem and Palestine.
British Foreign Minister, Boris Johnson, made the suggestion to his Palestinian counterpart, Riyad al-Malki on Monday.

A statement from Britain’s foreign office quoted Johnson as saying, “I reiterated the UK’s commitment to supporting the Palestinian people and the two-state solution, the urgent need for renewed peace negotiations, and the UK’s clear and longstanding position on the status of Jerusalem.

“It should be determined in a negotiated settlement between the Israelis and the Palestinians, and Jerusalem should ultimately be the shared capital of the Israeli and Palestinian states.”

Donald Trump of the United States of America had on Dec. 8 recognised Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

The US President defied all global opposition by making the move, insisting that the highly controversial move would not derail his own administration’s bid to resolve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

In a short speech delivered at the White House, Trump directed the state department to start making arrangements to move the U.S. embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem – a process that officials say will take at least three years.

“I have determined that it is time to officially recognise Jerusalem as the capital of Israel,” Trump said.

He added that “while previous presidents have made this a major campaign promise, they failed to deliver. Today, I am delivering.

“My announcement today marks the beginning of a new approach to the conflict between Israel and the Palestinians.”

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