Jeremy Corbyn brands Donald Trump's Jerusalem decision 'a reckless threat to peace'

06-12-2017 19:51

Source: Mirror


Jeremy Corbyn has condemned Donald Trump's decision to recognise Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, branding it a "reckless threat to peace".


It follows warnings that the announcement that the US embassy will move from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem will spark a wave of unrest in the Middle East.

In a statement released on Twitter, Corbyn said: "Trump's recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital, including occupied Palestinian territory, is a reckless threat to peace.


"The British Government must condemn this dangerous act and work for a just and viable settlement of the conflict."


Theresa May told MPs this afternoon that she intends to speak to the US President about the issue, but the UK Government’s position on the issue “has not changed.”


But despite calls for her to "unequivocally condemn" the decision, she failed to do so.


At Prime Minister’s Questions, Labour MP Ben Bradshaw called on Mrs May to unequivocally condemn Trump’s decision to move the embassy.


He said: “The recognition by Donald Trump of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel will do grave damage to the prospects for a just and lasting peace settlement between the Israelis and the Palestinians, which has been British - and indeed American foreign policy for decades.”


The Prime Minister said: “I am intending to speak to President Trump about this matter, but our position has not changed.


“Our position has been a longstanding one. It’s also a very clear one. That the status of Jerusalem should be determined in a negotiated settlement between the Israelis and the Palestinians and Jerusalem should ultimately form a shared capital between the Israeli and the Palestinian states.


“We continue to support a two-state solution. We recognise the importance of Jerusalem and our position on that has not changed.”

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