President Donald Trump’s decision to have the U.S. recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel went against decades of American foreign policy, drawing concern from NATO, the European Union, Arab countries and even from the Kremlin.
And before Trump formally announced his decision on Wednesday, the head of the Catholic Church announced his opposition.
Pope Francis said he had “deep worry” over the issue, as Jerusalem is an important holy site for Jews, Christians and Muslims — and keeping peace there is important.
“I cannot keep quiet about my deep worry about the situation that has been created in the last few days,” the pope said, asking “that all commit themselves to respecting the status quo of the city, in conformity with the pertinent resolutions of the United Nations.” He continued his plea that Jerusalem remain a shared space and warned what the alternative could mean for world peace:
“I pray to the Lord that its identity is preserved and strengthened for the benefit of the Holy Land, the Middle East and the whole world and that wisdom and prudence prevail to prevent new elements of tension from being added to a global context already convulsed by so many cruel conflicts.”
Diplomatically, the Vatican State supports a two-state solution to the Israel-Palestine conflict, with the shared status of Jerusalem a key part of that process.
2. Some folks opposing Trump’s Jerusalem decision:
* Foreign policy experts
* Head of largest U.S. Jewish group
* The Pope
* Muslim groups
* Christians in Jerusalem
Some folks praising it:
* Religious Right leaders
* Right-wing Jewish groups
— Jack Jenkins (@jackmjenkins) December 6, 2017