RAMALLAH, NCC - Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas on Wednesday (12/6/2017) condemned and rejected the US’ recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, saying it "violates all bilateral and international resolutions".
Abbas issued the remarks in a speech aired live by an official Palestinian television station shortly after US President Donald Trump announced his official recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.
Trump also instructed the US State Department to begin the process of transferring the US Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.
The announcement will not give Israel any legitimacy on the matter, said Abbas, adding that Jerusalem is the eternal capital of Palestine.
The Palestinians want East Jerusalem to be the capital of a future state of Palestine, while Israel wants all of Jerusalem to be the eternal capital of the state of Israel.
"Our national Palestinian issue is at a crossroads after the US decision on Jerusalem," Abbas said, as quoted by Xinhua and monitored by Antara in Jakarta on Thursday (12/7) morning.
"The Palestinians will remain a united front that defends Jerusalem, peace, freedom and the right of our people to end the occupation and the realization of its national peace," he added.
He also condemned the United States for ignoring and contradicting "international consensus conveyed by the positions of various countries in the world".
Abbas clearly stated that the announcement was a withdrawal from the US role as a peacemaker process. He added the move encouraged Israel to continue its policy of occupation, settlement and ethnic cleansing.
The Palestinian president said the recognition served the interests of extremist groups seeking to portray conflicts in the region for religious wars.
He confirmed that the Palestinian leader "continues to monitor the progress of the situation, and works in designing appropriate decisions and procedures in consultation with Arab friends and relatives".
Meanwhile, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Wednesday praised Trump's acknowledgment of Jerusalem as the "historic" capital of Israel.
A few minutes after Trump issued the announcement in a speech at the White House, Netanyahu issued a previously recorded video message. In the message, he is grateful for Trump's "daring decision" that shows America's commitment to "an old-fashioned but long lasting truth".