The international community reacted swiftly to President Donald Trump’s announcement the United States would formally recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, a move that could reignite Israeli-Palestinian violence. U.N. Secretary-General António Guterres led the chorus of global voices Wednesday urging calm and restraint.
“From day one as secretary-general of the United Nations, I have consistently spoken out against any unilateral measures that would jeopardize the prospect of peace for Israelis and Palestinians,” he told reporters. “Jerusalem is a final status issue that must be resolved through direct negotiations between the two parties on the basis of the relevant Security Council and General Assembly resolutions, taking into account the legitimate concerns of both the Palestinian and the Israeli sides.
“I understand the deep attachment that Jerusalem holds in the hearts of so many people, it has been so for centuries and it will always be,” Guterres added.