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SNP Friends of Palestine slams President Trump’s reckless Embassy relocation plans
Trump tramples on delicate peace process with move of US Embassy to Jerusalem
US President Donald Trump has told Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas that he intends to relocate the US embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, a plan met with condemnation across the Middle East and elsewhere.
Jerusalem’s status is an extremely sensitive aspect of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
A US move to relocate the embassy would prejudge one of the most sensitive issues in the conflict – the status of Jerusalem – and undermine Washington’s status as an honest mediator.
No country currently has its embassy in Jerusalem, and the international community, including the US, does not recognise Israel’s jurisdiction over and ownership of the city.
Commenting on the planned relocation, Nadia El-Nakla, Convenor of SNP Friends of Palestine, stated “This a provocative and dangerous act from the US president which is designed to fan the flame of division rather than create peace”.
“If President Trump proceeds with moving the embassy, he will further destabilise the region causing insecurity in both Palestine and Israel, in turn removing Americas role in any future peace talks.”
“World leaders must act quickly by condemning this reckless relocation, and view this move by President Trump as a timely reminder of the huge importance of renewing efforts towards a sustainable long term solution to the conflict in the Middle East.
“We call on the Scottish and UK Governments to exert whatever pressure and influence they have on the US to reconsider this dangerous move.”
Ivan McKee, SNP MSP for Glasgow said:
“This ill-advised decision runs the risk of destabilising an already fragile peace process. I’d like to add my voice to the many who are calling on President Trump to reconsider”.
This act is in blatant contradiction to the UN’s position that the City is a “corpus separatum” or an international city under UN management with the intention for the city to be shared between Israel and Palestine based on the pre-1967 borders. Israel military occupation of the Palestinian East Jerusalem since 1967 has been a constant issue for the peace process and Palestinians there suffer daily as a result of Israel’s annexation.