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    Trump Recognizes Jerusalem as Israeli Capital: Consequences (91)
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    Trump's pivotal decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israeli capital and to relocate the US embassy there has triggered harsh resistance from Palestine. The latter has already appealed to the UN.

    UNITED NATIONS (Sputnik) — Palestine urges the United States to roll back its "illegal" decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, State of Palestine Envoy to the UN Riyad Mansour told members of the Security Council on Friday.

    "We urge the Council to act swiftly to uphold integrity over its resolution in light of the violation against Jerusalem's historic status," Mansour said. "We call on the United States to withdraw its illegal decision that has absolutely no meaning except pleasing the occupying power of Israel."

    The action comes after the US President Donald Trump's Wednesday decision on the recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and moving the US Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. The move was welcomed by Israel but condemned by the rest of the international community as one which undermines the peace talks.

    READ MORE: Trump's Statement on Jerusalem Complicates Situation in Region — Kremlin

    Israel has always regarded Jerusalem, seized from Jordan during the Six-Day War in 1967, as its capital but the Palestinians want East Jerusalem, which traditionally had a large Arab and Muslim population, to be the capital of a Palestinian state. Which is why, the international community does not recognize the annexation of East Jerusalem, insisting that the status of the city should be determined on the basis of an agreement with the Palestine.

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