Friday, December 15, 2017

In fresh rebuke for Trump, EU says its Jerusalem stance is unchanged | The Times of Israel

By Times Of Israel, Dec. 14, 2017

European Union leaders on Thursday rejected US President Donald Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as the Israeli capital, saying they are sticking by their view that the city’s status should be settled by negotiation.

Trump’s administration was widely criticized earlier this month when it officially recognized Jerusalem as the Israeli capital, insisting that after repeated failures to achieve peace a new approach was long overdue. The president, whose move was hailed by Israel, described his decision to recognize Jerusalem as the seat of Israel’s government as merely based on reality. Palestinians say the recognition effectively ignores their claim to the eastern half of the city as the capital of their future state.

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