Deryan Denounces Trump Decision on Jerusalem, Calls State Leaders to Counter Move
Grand Mufti of the Republic Sheikh Abdul Latif Deryan demurred on Wednesday President Donald's Trump's plan to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital warning it could have “serious consequences,” the National News Agency reported on Wednesday.
“Moving the United State's embassy to Jerusalem and the recognition of the Holy City as the capital of Israel is a blatant challenge and provocation to the sentiments of Palestinians, Arabs and Muslims, that will have serious repercussions in the Arab and Islamic region,” warned Deryan.
He stressed that the recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel is “unacceptable and a step in the elimination of the Palestinian cause,” stressing that the Arabs and Muslims will not allow that to happen.
The Mufti called on leaders of the Arab and Islamic countries to take urgent measures to counter this step in order to "preserve the Arab identity of Jerusalem and Palestine."
“Jerusalem is not the capital of the Zionist entity that raped the land of Palestine,” he emphasized.
Trump will recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital Wednesday, upending decades of careful US policy and ignoring dire warnings of a historic misstep that could trigger a surge of violence in the Middle East.
His expected move triggered wide-scale denunciations from Arab and foreign countries, and Turkish President Recep Tayyib Erdogan, who strongly criticized the step, has called for a summit of the main pan-Islamic body in Istanbul on December 13 to discuss the US decision on Jeruslaem.