Following the announcement that the United States would recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, the secretary general of the Palestinian Liberation Organization explained the impact of the decision.
“Unfortunately, President Trump just destroyed any possibility of a two-state [solution],” Dr. Saeb Erekat said.
— Palestine PLO - NAD (@nadplo) December 6, 2017
“This step is prejudging, dictating, closing doors for negotiations, and I think President Trump tonight disqualified the United States of America to play any role in any peace process,” he added.
Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas echoed Erekat's sentiments, saying the U.S. is “withdrawing from the role it has played in the peace process.”
“The US administration with this statement has chosen to go against all the international and bilateral agreements, and to ignore the international consensus,” PA President Mahmoud Abbas says. “The United States is withdrawing from the role it has played in the peace process.”
— Michael Wilner (@mawilner) December 6, 2017
Earlier in the week, Erekat said in a statement it would be “irresponsible behavior” to declare Jerusalem as Israel's capital:
The United States [by potentially taking this step] is causing a political and legal scandal, because this irresponsible behavior supports and directly encourages the colonialist occupation, whose purpose is to trigger wars and to sow an ethnic and religious conflict, in a manner that does not befit the national interests of the American people.
Jerusalem has been the capital of Israel since 1948 but without international recognition. President Donald Trump's decision Wednesday makes the United States the first country to officially recognize Jerusalem as the seat of Israel's government.
“I have determined that it is time to officially recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel,” Trump said in a speech Wednesday, calling it a “long overdue step to advance the peace process.”