Trump isn't deciding who controls East Jerusalem — Haley

Before meeting Wednesday with Secretary of State Rex Tillerson at NATO headquarters in Brussels, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said it would be a "grave mistake" to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital and move the U.S. Embassy.

Japan, which currently holds the council's rotating presidency, had not set a time for the meeting by Wednesday afternoon.

But Trump insisted the move did not prejudge final talks, saying it simply reflected the reality that west Jerusalem is and will continue to be part of Israel under any settlement. While officials in the Trump administration have said that some of these moves could jump-start peace, Ashrawi grimaced and said they would instead "scuttle peace". One of his missions was to push European allies to apply trade pressure on China that would incentivize them to contain the situation in North Korea.

Israel considers the city its "united" capital, following the occupation of East Jerusalem in the 1967 war with Syria, Egypt and Jordan.The status of the city is an extremely sensitive issue in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. It's part of a shift in American policy, acknowledging Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

"The US no longer sees the world as a global community, but as a fighting arena where everyone has to seek their own advantage", Gabriel said at the Berlin Foreign Policy Forum on Monday.

Turkey threatened to cut diplomatic ties with Israel if President Trump recognises Jerusalem as Israel's capital.

British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson said he viewed reports that the US will move its embassy to Jerusalem "with concern".

Iran's foreign ministry in a statement said the US action will "incite Muslims and inflame a new intifada and encourage extremism and violent behavior for which the responsibility will lie with (the United States) and the Zionist regime (Israel)". But they quickly reneged upon taking office and assuming the burden of war and peace.

Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has told ministers to stay silent, at Trump's request, according to Israeli media. A senior administration official said Trump will say for the first time since he won the Oval Office that he is prepared to support a two-state solution if both Israelis and Palestinians agree to it. Italian Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni tweeted that Jerusalem's future should be defined within the framework of a peace process.

Trump's move comes close to fulfilling a campaign promise, and will delight his political donors and the conservative and evangelical base so vital for the embattled president. The status of Jerusalem is one of the pivotal issues that diplomats and peacemakers have said must be agreed between the two parties in negotiations. The planned demonstrations come as nations around the world condemn Trump's decision. However, every president since then has signed a national security waiver every six months to delay the move.

Leader of Britain's Labour Party, Jeremy Corbyn, called Trump's decision "a reckless threat to peace". The declaration calls into question seven decades of deliberate diplomatic ambiguity about the final status of a holy city vociferously claimed by both Israelis and Palestinians. Trump is "upending decades of international consensus over this for an end that no one quite can see".

"When you look at a place that is on the verge of an explosion, you do not introduce a flame", said Hanan Ashrawi, who sits on the Palestine Liberation Organization's executive committee.

In 1995, Congress passed a law requiring the American embassy to be relocated to Jerusalem. Palestine will be "freed" and the people of Palestine will reach victory.

The Palestinian movement Hamas - said Trump's decision opens "the gates of hell on US interests in the region".

Sami Nader, head of the Beirut-based Levant Institute for Strategic Affairs, said Trump's decision would prove self defeating to another of the president's key Middle East policies - confronting Iran.

US President Donald Trump is expected to announce on Wednesday US recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital and relocate its embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, a step that has already generated widespread regional and world condemnation.

  • Leon Brazil