Theresa May condemns Donald Trump’s "unhelpful" decision on AL-Quds (Jerusalem) Published: Fri, 08-December-2017

British Prime Minister Theresa May criticized US President Donald Trump for jeopardizing the "prospects of peace" in the Middle East" by officially recognizing AL-Quds (Jerusalem) as the capital of Israel.

Speaking at the White House on Wednesday, Trump said the world is no closer to a lasting peace agreement in the region - adding recognizing AL-Quds (Jerusalem) as the Israeli capital is "in the best interests of the US and the pursuit of peace between Israel and Palestinians."

But the British prime minister has condemned the controversial action as she reiterated the UK's support for continued negotiations between Israel and Palestine.

May said: "We disagree with the US decision to move its embassy to AL-Quds (Jerusalem) and recognize AL-Quds (Jerusalem) as the Israeli capital before a final status agreement.

"We believe it is unhelpful in terms of prospects for peace in the region. The British Embassy to Israel is based in Tel Aviv and we have no plans to move it."

"Our position on the status of AL-Quds (Jerusalem) is clear and long-standing: it should be determined in a negotiated settlement between the Israelis and the Palestinians, and AL-Quds (Jerusalem) should ultimately be the shared capital of the Israeli and Palestinian states. In line with relevant Security Council Resolutions, we regard East AL-Quds (Jerusalem) as part of the Occupied Palestinian Territories," May added.

She urged the White House to "now bring forward detailed proposals for an Israel-Palestinian settlement".

“To have the best chances of success, the peace process must be conducted in an atmosphere free from violence. We call on all parties to work together to maintain calm,” she added.

Leader of British Labor party Jeremy Corbyn tweeted: “Trump’s recognition of AL-Quds (Jerusalem) as Israel’s capital, including occupied Palestinian territory, is a reckless threat to peace.

“The British Government must condemn this dangerous act and work for a just and viable settlement of the conflict.”

Source: Palestinian Information Center