Qatar calls Trump's Jerusalem decision a 'death sentence for peace'



abbas netanyahu peace israel
Palestinian
President Mahmoud Abbas, left, shaking hands with Israeli Prime
Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, right, in Jerusalem, Friday, Sept.
30, 2016.

Amos Ben Gershom, Israeli
Government Press Office via AP



  • Qatar said on Wednesday that US President Donald
    Trump’s decision on Jerusalem is a “death sentence” for future
    peace negotiations.
  • Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas called
    Trump’s move “a deliberate undermining of all efforts to
    achieve peace.
  • The US has historically played a major mediating
    role in Israel-Palestine peace talk.

Qatar’s foreign minister said on Wednesday that US President
Donald Trump’s
decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital
is a
“death sentence” for future peace negotiations, according to

Al Jazeera
.

Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman al-Thani called Trump’s decision
“a dangerous escalation,” as other Arab world leaders joined
calls to denounce Trump’s declaration.

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas called Trump’s move
“a deliberate undermining of all efforts to achieve peace,”

The Jerusalem Post reported
. “[Trump’s decision] represents a
declaration of the United States’ withdrawal from undertaking the
role as it has played over the past decades in sponsoring the
peace process,” Abbas added.

The US has played a major mediating role
in Israel-Palestine peace talks throughout the years
, and has
facilitated cease-fire agreements between Israelis and
Palestinians. 

Jordan dismissed Trump’s declaration as “null
and void
,” and rejected any unilateral move to change
Jerusalem’s legal status. Foreign Minister Ayman
Safadi said later in a tweet that the US had “frustrated”
peace efforts, adding that Jordan will “continue to work for an
independent Palestinian state with East Jerusalem as its
capital.” 

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah
el-Sisi also condemned the move, and said in a statement
that the US has been warned against “taking measures that would
undermine the chances of peace in the Middle East”.

Palestinian political and militant group Hamas said the US’
decision “opens
the gates of hell.
” 

“Trump’s decision on Jerusalem will not succeed in changing
the fact that Jerusalem is an Arab Muslim land,” a spokesman for
the group added.

Some Palestinian officials have called for
three days of rage
, and encouraged protests near US and
Israeli embassies.

On Wednesday, US embassies across the Arab world
issued safety warnings for US citizens
as they brace for
potentially violent” demonstrations. 

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