Jacinda Ardern critical of Trump's recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital saying 'this will make things difficult'

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Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern criticised the United States' move to recognise Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, saying she has "no doubt this will make things difficult". 

It comes after the US recognised Jerusalem as Israel's capital.
Source: 1 NEWS

President Donald Trump announced the shifting of the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, despite intense Arab, Muslim and European opposition that would upend decades of US policy and risk potentially violent protests.

Ms Ardern said New Zealand has always supported a two state solution.

The move is likely to inflame passions in the volatile region.
Source: Associated Press

"The way Jerusalem is defined is an issue that needs to be resolved within the context of resolution of issues between Israel and Palestine," she said today. 

When asked if she thought it was a step towards peace or a step backwards she said, "this won't take us further".

"Our view is that Jerusalem and issues around Jerusalem's religious sites need to be resolved within the context of establishing that two state solution."

Its director is now calling for the New Zealand government to do the same.
Source: 1 NEWS
The protest follows President Trump’s announcement of recognising the capital, while virtually ignoring Palestinian claims.
Source: Associated Press

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