Arab states urge US to desert Jerusalem transfer

Arab international ministers late on Saturday urged the United States to desert its choice to acknowledge Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, saying the transfer would enhance violence all through the area.

The announcement by President Donald Trump on Wednesday was a “harmful violation of worldwide regulation,” had no authorized impression and was “void,” the Arab League mentioned in an announcement after a session attended by all its members in Cairo.

Trump’s endorsement of Israel’s declare to all of Jerusalem as its capital would reverse long-standing U.S. coverage that the town’s standing have to be determined in negotiations with the Palestinians, who need East Jerusalem because the capital of their future state.

“The choice has no authorized impact … it deepens rigidity, ignites anger and threatens to plunge area into extra violence and chaos,” the Arab League mentioned at three a.m. native time after hours of conferences that started on Saturday night.

It mentioned it might search a U.N. Safety Council decision rejecting the U.S. transfer.

Lebanon’s Overseas Minister Gebran Bassil mentioned through the emergency assembly that Arab nations ought to think about imposing financial sanctions towards the USA to forestall it shifting its Israel embassy to Jerusalem from Tel Aviv.

“Pre-emptive measures (have to be) taken … starting with diplomatic measures, then political, then financial and monetary sanctions,” he mentioned, with out giving particular particulars.

The Arab League assertion made no point out of financial sanctions.

Arab criticism of Trump’s plan contrasted sharply with the reward Washington’s conventional Arab allies heaped on him initially of his administration in January.

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