Penn Political Expert Reacts To US Recognition Of Jerusalem As Israeli Capital

A local expert on Middle Eastern politics believes a formal US recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel wipes away any opportunity that there will be a two-state solution between the Israelis and Palestinians.

Mr. Trump's statement came a week after India expressed support for "independent and viable Palestine" and participated in the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian people.

The government's position came in for sharp criticism from the CPM.

India had supported the resolution sponsored by Arab countries which endorsed the Palestinian stand on Jerusalem in April 2016.

Earlier in the day, spokesperson for the External Affairs Ministry Raveesh Kumar said: "India's position on Palestine is independent and consistent".

Israeli sovereignty over Jerusalem has never been recognised internationally, and all countries maintain their embassies in Tel Aviv. In the past though, the Narendra Modi government has underlined the significance of East Jerusalem for Palestine.

Alhaijaa's remarks came on a day the UN Security Council convened an emergency meeting on Friday on the U.S. government's move to recognise Jerusalem as Israel's capital.

He carefully avoided referring to it during his visit to Israel in July, the first by a Prime Minister of India.

"The two prime ministers discussed the developments pertaining to the Israeli-Palestinian peace process", read the joint statement on the occasion of Modi's trip to Israel.

The party demanded that the "Modi government should come out strongly, disapproving of the United States action, as it goes against India's long-standing commitment to the Palestinian cause".

India enjoys close ties with both Israel and Palestine.

India with its historical relations with the Ottoman and Persian empires, Iraq and the Gulf, besides Egypt, Morocco and other North African states, have navigated complexities of the Arab World in a rather smooth fashion.

New Delhi has traditionally supported the Palestinian cause even as it opened diplomatic ties with Israel in 1992.

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