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Adams urges government to oppose US Embassy move to Jerusalem

6 December, 2017 - by Gerry Adams TD

Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams TD today raised the expected announcement by US President Trump that he intends moving the US Embassy in Israel to Jerusalem and to recognise Jerusalem as the capital of that State.

Speaking in the Dáil, Teachta Adams called on the Irish government to join with the international community in urging President Trump not to take this provocative decision.

The Sinn Féin President also called on the government to recognise the state of Palestine and to upgrade the Palestinian Mission to the status of an Embassy.

Teachta Adams said:

“In the programme for Government, it states that the government will honour its commitment to recognise the State of Palestine.

“Today, President Trump is expected to announce his intention to formally recognise Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and to move the US embassy there.

“This is a flagrant breach of the international consensus around a two state solution.

“His decision has already sparked widespread criticism, including from French President Macron who in a phone call to President Trump insisted that Jerusalem’s status had to be part of peace negotiations and the two state solution.

“Will the Taoiseach join with me and international opinion in urging President Trump not to take this provocative decision?

“The situation in that region grows more desperate for the Palestinian people each day.

“The fabric of life for Palestinians is rooted in fear; it is arbitrary and constantly changing at the whim of the Israeli authorities.

“Taoiseach, in keeping with the Oireachtas decision three years ago will the government agree to formally recognise the state of Palestine?

“Will it also move to upgrade the Palestinian Mission to that of a full Embassy?” 

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