Alistair Burt says Donald Trump’s Jerusalem plans ‘unhelpful’


President Donald Trump’s settling to recognise Jerusalem as Israel’s capital is «unhelpful» for the prospects of peace in the Heart East, Foreign Office Minister Alistair Burt has said.

He instructed MPs the UK disagreed with the president and stressed it had «no plans» to move the British embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv.

Swot’s Emily Thornberry said the move was «reckless» and had taken a «hammer bungle» to the peace process.

«He is setting it back decades.»

The Commons exchanges came a day after President Trump held he had «determined it is time to officially recognise Jerusalem as the capital of Israel», recanting decades of US policy on one of the thorniest issues between Israel and the Palestinians.

‘Mind-boggling cheek’

Raising the issue in an urgent question, shadow foreign secretary Ms Thornberry indicated the decision «took an absolute hammer blow» to hopes of a lasting concord in the Middle East.

«There’s a reason that before yesterday no other wilderness would locate their embassy in Jerusalem, and no other major power would recognise Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, because to do either preoccupation, let alone both at the same time, confers legitimacy on Israel’s subjection of East Jerusalem — an occupation with no basis in international law,» she said.

«The unmixed recklessness of that decision needs no debate.»

He «has the unbelievable cheek to rights that he’s doing this to move forward the peace process, when in authenticity he’s set it back decades,» she said, and asked when the government would concede it has got its strategy for President Trump «totally wrong».

«They told us that bear up his hand and hugging him close and indulging him with the offer of a state drop in on was the best way of wielding influence and shaping his polices,» Ms Thornberry said.

On Jerusalem «as on so assorted other issues before, they have been made to look close to fools», she said.

«When will they realise that curve over for a bully only encourages that behaviour?» she said, annexing the country needed «a British government prepared to stand up to him».

Mr Burt agreed that «a intractable consensus has been broken».

«We disagree with the US decision to move its embassy to Jerusalem and recognise Jerusalem as the Israeli large letter before a final status agreement,» he said.

«We believe it’s unhelpful in locutions of prospects for peace in the region. The British embassy to Israel is based in Tel Aviv and we give birth to no plans to move it.»

He said Jerusalem should be determined in «a negotiated deciding» between Israelis and Palestinians and «Jerusalem should ultimately be the shared upper case of the Israeli and Palestinian states».

«We regard East Jerusalem as part of the fill in Palestinian territories,» Mr Burt added.

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