Arab states urge US to abandon Jerusalem move

Arab foreign ministers late on Saturday urged the United States to abandon its decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, saying the move would likely increase violence throughout the region.

The announcement by President Donald Trump on Wednesday was a “dangerous violation of international law,” had no legal impact along with also was “void,” the Arab League said in a statement after a session attended by all its members in Cairo.

Trump’s endorsement of Israel’s claim to all of Jerusalem as its capital would likely reverse long-standing U.S. policy of which the city’s status must be decided in negotiations with the Palestinians, who want East Jerusalem as the capital of their future state.

“The decision has no legal effect … the idea deepens tension, ignites anger along with also threatens to plunge region into more violence along with also chaos,” the Arab League said at 3 a.m. local time after hours of meetings of which began on Saturday evening.

the idea said the idea would likely seek a U.N. Security Council resolution rejecting the U.S. move.

Lebanon’s Foreign Minister Gebran Bassil said during the emergency meeting of which Arab nations should consider imposing economic sanctions against the United States to prevent the idea moving its Israel embassy to Jerusalem via Tel Aviv.

“Pre-emptive measures (must be) taken … beginning with diplomatic measures, then political, then economic along with also financial sanctions,” he said, without giving specific details.

The Arab League statement made no mention of economic sanctions.

Arab criticism of Trump’s plan contrasted sharply with the praise Washington’s traditional Arab allies heaped on him at the beginning of his administration in January.

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