For mysterious reason, Russia just became first country to recognize West Jerusalem as Israel’s capital
Russia became the first country in the world Thursday to recognize West Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.
“We reaffirm our commitment to the UN-approved principles for a Palestinian-Israeli settlement, which include the status of East Jerusalem as the capital of the future Palestinian state,” Moscow’s Foreign Ministry stated.
“At the same time, we must state that in this context we view West Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.”
During his campaign, President Donald Trump repeatedly pledged to relocate the U.S. embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, though the move has yet to be implemented. The suggestion has been greeted with furor by much of the Arab world, with Palestinian Authority chief negotiatior Saeb Erekat suggesting it would completely derail any hope for the peace process.
It is not yet known what promoted Russia’s unexpected statement acknowledging West Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, though Israel Foreign Ministry spokesman Emmanuel Nahshon said Israel is “studying the matter.”
Despite the acknowledgement, Russia’s Foreign Ministry said it is “deeply concerned about the situation in the Palestinian-Israeli conflict. Palestine and Israel have not held political negotiations for nearly three years, and the situation on the ground has been deteriorating.”
The subject of Jerusalem (or part of it) as Israel’s capital was reportedly not mentioned during a phone conversation Thursday between Putin and Benjamin Netanyahu, though Syria’s chemical weapons attack and this week’s terror attack in St. Petersburg were discussed by the two leaders.