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Egyptian parliament condemns Trump's Jerusalem decision

Thu, Dec. 7, 2017
CAIRO – 7 December 2017: The Egyptian parliament condemned on Thursday U.S. President Donald Trump's decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital. The Arab Affairs Committee head, Saad El-Gammal, lambasted the decision, stating that Trump’s claims of his ongoing support to the peace process are entirely false.

Gammal called on Arab presidents to hold an emergency summit in order to take a firm stance against Trump’s decision, “the decision which reveals his bias to Israel.”

He stressed the importance of clearly informing the U.S. that its economic, political and security interests with Arab countries will be adversely affected by this decision.

He also stressed that the United States should not play a fundamental role in resolving the Palestinian issue and that the solution should be reached consensually and internationally through the United Nations. “It is important to unify the Palestinian factions to one entity,” Gammal emphasized.

Parliament's Religious Affairs Committee head, Osama Al-Abd, denounced Trump’s decision to move the U.S. embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

He called on the international community to take a decisive stand against this resolution, stressing the importance of a unified Arab stance towards the ongoing attempts of Israel to Judaize Jerusalem.

Trump’s decision will not be accepted by the Arab governments and people. It represents a “death bullet” against the peace process in the Middle East.

Head of the Social Solidarity Committee MP Abdul Hadi El-Qasabi stated that Trump’s decision “came out of nowhere” and contravened all international laws and norms, particularly international conventions.

El-Qasabi warned of the repercussions of this decision, asking "where were the international organizations when this decision was taken, and how do they accept this blatant and unlawful interference with the issue of Jerusalem?"

In a press conference, head of the housing committee Moataz Mahmoud stated that this resolution undermined the peace process in the Middle East, stressing that Jerusalem is an Arab land and will remain an Arab land.

“The Egyptian House of Representatives chaired by Ali Abdel Aal is completely against Trump’s decision,” Mahmoud stated.

United States President Donald Trump officially recognized Jerusalem as the capital of Israel on Wednesday during a televised speech from the White House, Washington D.C.

"It is the headquarters of many government ministries. For many years, visiting American diplomats met their Israeli counterparts in Jerusalem… It is now the heart of one of the most successful democracies in the world," Trump stated during his speech on Wednesday.
 
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