Trump urged to rethink decision to recognise Jerusalem as Israeli capital



Associated Press

Leaders of major Christian denominations in the Holy Land have appealed to Trump to rethink his expected decision to recognise Jerusalem as Israel's capital.

Moving the embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem would inflame tensions in the region.
Source: 1 NEWS

They say in a letter that Trump's steps will mean "increased hatred, conflict, violence and suffering in Jerusalem and the Holy Land."

Their letter asks Trump to walk toward "more love and a definitive peace" by continuing to recognise the international status of Jerusalem.

And they say that "any sudden changes would cause irreparable harm."

The letter was signed by all of the city's major church figures, including the Greek Orthodox patriarch, Theophilos III, and Archbishop Pierbattista Pizzaballa, the Roman Catholic apostolic administrator.

Bolivia's UN ambassador says he'll seek a UN Security Council meeting as soon as possible if President Donald Trump declares Jerusalem the capital of Israel.

Bolivia is serving a two-year term on the UN's most powerful panel.

Ambassador Sacha Llorentty Soliz, tells reporters that declaring Jerusalem as Israel's capital "will be a reckless and a dangerous decision that goes against international law, the resolutions of the Security Council, and also weakens any effort for peace in the region."

Soliz says such a decision would threaten prospects for an Israeli-Palestinian peace agreement, as well as jeopardise international peace and security.

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