Both friends and foes of the US criticized Washington’s relocation of its embassy in the occupied territories from Tel Aviv to al-Quds.
To begin with, Britain reiterated that the administration of Prime Minister Theresa May had no plans to move its mission to al-Quds and still disagree with the US decision.
France also spoke out against the move, saying along with many other critics that it violated “unambiguous” international law and UN Security Council resolutions.
Relativley, French President Emmanuel Macron condemned the violence against Palestinian demonstrators in Gaza and reiterated his opposition to the relocation of the US diplomatic mission.
Also, Premier Sa’ad Hariri of Lebanon, which has fought two major “Israeli” wars, said the embassy move had spelt a “dead-end” for all paths to regional peace.
Jordan’s King Abdullah also stressed Amman rejects and condemns “the blatant acts of aggression and violence perpetrated by “Israel” against Palestinians in Gaza.
Qatar’s Foreign Ministry Spokesman Lulwah Rashid al-Khater said Doha condemns Tel Aviv’s “genocide” in the strongest terms possible, and calls on all regional and extra-regional powers to stop the “Israeli” “killing machine.”
Iraq also called the relocation an “entirely unacceptable” measure of dangerous security and political implications for the region.
Meanwhile, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov reiterated Moscow’s objection to the controversial US move, saying Moscow “has several times offered a platform” for talks on the status of Jerusalem al-Quds.
For his part, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, during a visit to London, said that the United States had lost its role as mediator in the Middle East by moving its embassy to the occupied territories.
Moroccan King Mohammed VI also denounced Washington’s “unilateral decision.”
Meanwhile, Hamma Hammami, spokesman of the Tunisian Workers’ Party, said the embassy relocation translates into “the burial of the Palestinian cause,” condemning “reactionary Arab establishments” for alienating their people from the cause.
The Egyptian Foreign Ministry, in a statement, voiced “strong denunciation” of “Israel’s” use of force against Palestinian civilians and said Cairo “totally supports the legitimate rights of the Palestinian people, and first and foremost its right to an independent state with East al-Quds as its capital.”
The new government in Malaysia also said it “strongly opposes” the embassy relocation.
In Indonesia, thousands gathered at the city center of Jakarta to rally support for Palestinians and condemn the US moves.
The US on Monday moved its embassy to al-Quds after months of global outcry.
In the hours leading up to the inauguration, “Israeli” troops engaged in clashes with Palestinians taking part in mass protests on the Gaza border.
“Israeli” gunfire martyred 59 Palestinians and wounded over 2,700 in the Monday clashes — the highest toll in a single day since a series of protests demanding the right to return to ancestral homes began on March 30.
The embassy inauguration also coincides with the climax of a six-week demonstration on the 70th anniversary of Nakba Day [Catastrophe], May 15, when the Zionist entity was created.
The occupied territories have witnessed new tensions ever since US President Donald Trump on December 6, 2017 announced US recognition of al-Quds as “Israel’s” “capital” and said Washington would move US embassy to the city.
Source: News Agencies, Edited by website team