Trump sees Jerusalem as Is­rael’s ‘un­di­vided’ cap­i­tal

The Myanmar Times - - World -

REPUB­LI­CAN can­di­date Don­ald Trump pledged in a meet­ing with Is­raeli Prime Min­is­ter Benjamin Ne­tanyahu to recog­nise Jerusalem as Is­rael’s “un­di­vided” cap­i­tal if he is elected pres­i­dent.

Mr Ne­tanyahu met pri­vately with Mr Trump at his res­i­dence in Trump Tower a day be­fore the New York bil­lion­aire faced off against Demo­cratic ri­val Hil­lary Clin­ton for their first pres­i­den­tial de­bate.

“Mr Trump ac­knowl­edged that Jerusalem has been the eter­nal cap­i­tal of the Jewish peo­ple for over 3000 years, and that the US, un­der a Trump ad­min­is­tra­tion, will fi­nally ac­cept the long-stand­ing con­gres­sional man­date to recog­nise Jerusalem as the un­di­vided cap­i­tal of Is­rael,” his cam­paign said in a state­ment.

Is­rael cap­tured the Arab east­ern half of Jerusalem dur­ing the 1967 Arab-Is­raeli War, and an­nexed it in 1980, declar­ing all of Jerusalem Is­rael’s uni­fied cap­i­tal.

The United States – and most other UN mem­ber coun­tries – do not recog­nise the an­nex­a­tion and con­sider Jerusalem’s fi­nal sta­tus to be a key is­sue to be re­solved in peace ne­go­ti­a­tions with the Pales­tini­ans.

The US Congress passed a law in Oc­to­ber 1995 call­ing for an un­di­vided Jerusalem to be recog­nised as Is­rael’s cap­i­tal and to au­tho­rise fund­ing for mov­ing the US em­bassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

But no US pres­i­dent – Demo­crat or Repub­li­can – has im­ple­mented the law, re­gard­ing it as an in­fringe­ment on the ex­ec­u­tive branch’s au­thor­ity over for­eign pol­icy.

Mr Ne­tanyahu’s of­fice is­sued a state­ment about the roughly hour-long meet­ing but made no men­tion of Mr Trump’s pledge on Jerusalem.

“Prime Min­is­ter Ne­tanyahu dis­cussed with Mr Trump is­sues re­lat­ing to Is­rael’s se­cu­rity and its ef­forts to achieve sta­bil­ity and peace in the Mid­dle East,” it said.

The Trump state­ment said he promised Mr Ne­tanyahu that the US would pro­vide Is­rael with “ex­tra­or­di­nary strate­gic, tech­no­log­i­cal and mil­i­tary co­op­er­a­tion” if he is elected.

“Mr Trump recog­nised Is­rael as a vi­tal part­ner of the United States in the global war against rad­i­cal Is­lamic ter­ror­ism,” it said.

“They dis­cussed at length the nu­clear deal with Iran, the bat­tle against ISIS and many other re­gional se­cu­rity con­cerns.”

The cam­paign said they also dis­cussed Is­rael’s ex­pe­ri­ence with the se­cu­rity fence used to wall off Is­rael from the West Bank.

Mr Trump has made build­ing a wall along the US-Mex­ico bor­der a sig­na­ture cam­paign prom­ise.

Photo: AFP

Kansas City Chiefs fans wear Hil­lary Clin­ton and Don­ald Trump masks dur­ing an Amer­i­can foot­ball game be­tween the Chiefs and the New York Jets at Ar­row­head Sta­dium in Kansas City, Mis­souri, on Septem­ber 25.

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