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Palestinian President Abbas says Jerusalem is eternal Palestinian capital, dismisses U.S. peace role
Palestinian President Abbas says Jerusalem is eternal Palestinian capital, dismisses U.S. peace role
Last Updated at: 2 weeks ago

Ramallah, West Bank: Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said on Wednesday that Jerusalem was the “eternal capital of the State of Palestine” in response to U.S. President Donald Trump’s announcement that he was recognizing the city as Israel’s capital.

In a pre-recorded speech played on Palestine TV, Abbas rejected Trump’s announcement which included a decision to move the U.S. embassy to Jerusalem, a move he said was “tantamount to the United States abdicating its role as a peace mediator.”

he status of Jerusalem remained one of the core issues in the Israeli–Palestinian conflict. Jerusalem is considered a holy city in the three major Abrahamic religions of Judaism, Christianity and Islam.

History:
In 1947, the United Nations devised a plan to divide British mandate Palestine into three entities: a Jewish state, an Arab state, and Jerusalem — the third of which would have a unique status as an "internationally-controlled city".

The Jewish leaders accepted the plan, but the Arab world rejected it.

Following the British withdrawal next year, a war broke out wherein Israel seized the west of the city, while Jordanians and Palestinians took the east.

In the next conflict, in 1967, Israel seized control of east Jerusalem and later annexed it, in moves never recognised by the international community.

The predominantly Palestinian population in the east lives under full Israeli control but cannot vote in parliamentary elections.

 
 
 
 
 
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