President Donald Trump has announced that the US will recognise Jerusalem as the capital of Israel – a decision Muslim leaders have warned will inflame the region.
Pope Francis is worried the Muslims may get violent.He believes appeasement is the best policy. Pope has urged U.S. President Donald Trump to respect Jerusalem’s status ahead of his expected announcement to recognize the city as Israel’s capital on Wednesday. Trump is expected to formally recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital on Wednesday and begin preparations to move the U.S. Embassy to the city, three senior administration officials confirmed to Anadolu Agency, late Tuesday.
Pope Francis has said he ‘cannot silence’ his ‘deep concern’ ahead of an announcement by US President Donald Trump in which officials said he will recognise the disputed city as Israel’s capital. Trump is due on Wednesday to set in motion the relocation of the US Embassy to the Jerusalem, senior US officials said, upending decades of US policy and risking further violence in the Middle East. In an appeal at the end of his weekly general audience, Francis called for all to honour United Nations resolutions on the city, which is sacred to Jews, Christians and Muslims. ‘I make a heartfelt appeal so that all commit themselves to respecting the status quo of the city, in conformity with the pertinent resolutions of the United Nations,’ he said.
The pope told thousands of people at his general audience: ‘I cannot keep quiet about my deep concern about the situation that has been created in the last few days.’
The pope spoke by telephone to Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas about the crisis on Tuesday, on moving the US diplomatic missions from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem and recognizing the latter as Israel’s capital.
The legal status of Jerusalem has been contested ever since 1947 when the UN adopted a plan to divide Palestinian territories into Arab and Jewish states, with Jerusalem being a separated body under the UN authority.