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Netanyahu refrains from commenting on Trump Jerusalem plan

AFP  |  Jerusalem 

Prime Minister today refrained from commenting on US President Donald Trump's intention to recognise as Israel's capital in his first speech since the plan was confirmed.

Netanyahu, speaking at a diplomatic conference organised by The Post newspaper, instead focused on Israel's security and economic ties with countries globally during his 20-minute speech.


Trump's plan, to be announced later today, has set off alarm bells around the world.

Other Israeli ministers commented on the plan, hailing it as a historic move.

"I call upon other countries to follow the United States and recognise as the Jewish and undivided capital," Education Minister Naftali Bennett, head of the far-right Jewish Home party, said at the conference.

"The United States is adding another brick to the walls of Jerusalem, to the foundation of the Jewish nation."

Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked, also of Jewish Home, said: "I think it is a victory of the American people and the American spirit."

Intelligence and Transport Minister Yisrael Katz, of Netanyahu's right-wing Likud party, said Trump's decision to recognise means "this is an historic day".

"Whoever does not recognise as the capital of does not recognise the right of to exist as a Jewish state," he said.

"We expect the international community to support President Trump's decision."

The Palestinians fiercely oppose the move and have called for three "days of rage" to protest against it.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Wed, December 06 2017. 18:25 IST
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