A number of world leaders, including Pope Francis, spoke out against the decision Wednesday. Francis’ comments came during a previously scheduled meeting with a Palestinian delegation of religious and intellectual leaders before Trump’s address.
“My thoughts now go to Jerusalem. In this regard, I cannot keep silent about my deep concern over the situation that has arisen in recent days and, at the same time, a heartfelt appeal so that everyone would be committed to respecting the status quo of the city, in accordance with the relevant resolutions of the United Nations.”
“It goes against international law and the resolutions of the U.N. Security Council. The status of Jerusalem is a security issue for the entire international community. The status of Jerusalem must be determined by Israelis and Palestinians in the framework of negotiations under the auspices of the United Nations.”
A U.S. official said that Trump is optimistic about the prospects for a grand peace deal and that his peace team, led by his son-in-law, Jared Kushner, has already made progress.
“He’s encouraged by the progress his peace team has made so far. I know a lot of that progress isn’t visible. I think that’s one of the things — I know he believes, and I know the peace team believes it’s partly because that progress is not visible that they’ve been able to make so much progress,” the official said.
Source: ABC News