The Pope takes to Instagram in light of Trump’s move to recognize Jerusalem as Israeli’s capital. He is expected to formalize his decision on Wednesday, December 13th. This decision comes after the world’s leaders cautioned the Trump administration against it for the sake of the peace process.
The move means the US can no longer play a role in the peace process.
The status of the divided city is hugely delicate and its fate is one of the thorniest issues of the Israeli-Palestinian peace process. Israel regards Jerusalem as its undivided capital and claims sovereignty over the whole city. But the international community views East Jerusalem as occupied land and the Palestinians consider it their future capital.
Trump also announced he intended to move the United States embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. No nation has an embassy in Jerusalem. The international community’s position has long been that Jerusalem’s status should be determined by peace talks. Trumps decision upends seven decades of US policy.
The move also means the US can no longer play a role in the peace process, said Palestine Liberation Organization Secretary-General Saeb Erekat.
US troops are preparing for possible unrest in Jerusalem ahead of President Trump’s expected decision to name the city the capital of Israel.