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Trump isn't deciding who controls East Jerusalem — Haley

President Donald Trump holds up a signed memorandum recognizing Jerusalem as Israel's capital at the White House on Wednesday. The world reacts to Donald Trump's recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital
Eleena Tovar | 07 Diciembre, 2017, 03:40

HaleyTrump's withdrawal from migration summit shows his nationalist colors US, South Sudan must stand together for peace Dems plan ambitious campaign for red-state governorships MORE, the United States ambassador to the U.N., said Wednesday that the United States is not taking sides in the dispute over East Jerusalem despite President Trump's decision to move the U.S. embassy and recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital city. Here are some of their comments.

"It will take some time to find a site, to address security concerns, design a new facility, fund a new facility and build it", the official said, indicating that the move would not be immediate.

Speaking of the relocation of the U.S. embassy, Trump said the State Department will immediately begin to hire architects, engineers and planners, so as to make the new embassy "a magnificent tribute to peace" when it is completed. "Let's wait and see what the president says exactly".

"President Trump remains committed to achieving a lasting peace agreement between the Israelis and the Palestinians and is optimistic that peace can be achieved", a second official said.

As early as Monday night, the French president expressed his "concern" in a phone call with Donald Trump. "It is in everyone's interest that this does not happen".

"That's for the two sides to decide", Haley told CNN's "The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer".

"I have determined that it is time to officially recognise Jerusalem as the capital of Israel", Trump said from the White House. He additionally threatened to cut Turkey's diplomatic ties with Israel.

Germany does not support the Trump administration's decision to recognise Jerusalem as Israel's capital, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Wednesday.

The White House argues the move would not prejudge final talks and would represent the reality that west Jerusalem is and will continue to be part of Israel under any settlement.

Patriarch Theophilos III, the Greek Orthodox patriarchate, widely seen as the most senior Christian figure in Jerusalem, and a dozen other church leaders in the Holy Land, sent a letter to Trump on Wednesday warning of "irreparable harm".

Major US allies came out against Trump's reversal of decades of US and international policy on Jerusalem.

He cited several: the Western Wall that surrounded the Jews' ancient Temple, the Stations of the Cross that depict Jesus along his crucifixion path, and the Al-Aqsa Mosque where Muslims say their Prophet Muhammad ascended to heaven.

Trump's peace team - mainly senior adviser Jared Kushner and special envoy Jason Greenblatt - supported Trump's decision.

Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has told ministers to stay silent, at Trump's request, according to Israeli media.

The IDF is on high alert after Hamas called for a "day of rage" ahead of the White House's expected announcement to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital. "This is a very serious action on probably one of the most controversial and sensitive foreign policy issues", she said.

"We condemn the irresponsible statement of the US administration. the decision is against international law and relevant UN resolutions", Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu tweeted.

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, in a pre-recorded speech, said Jerusalem was the "eternal capital of the State of Palestine" and that Trump's move was "tantamount to the United States abdicating its role as a peace mediator". "We expect the international community to accept Trump's decision".

The move "reinforces Iran's argument that it and its allies have the right strategy to confront Israel", he said. Israeli police and military are also preparing for demonstrations near the American embassy in Tel Aviv.

An inbuilt waiver has been repeatedly invoked by successive US presidents, postponing the move on grounds of "national security" once every six months, meaning the law has never taken effect.

But the Palestinians want the eastern sector as the capital of their future state and fiercely oppose any Israeli attempt to extend sovereignty there.