Venezuela condemns US decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel

Through an Official Statement, the Bolivarian Government of Venezuela expresses its firm condemnation of the decision of the President of the United States, Donald Trump, to recognize the city of Jerusalem, illegally occupied, as the capital of Israel.

This was reported by the Minister for Foreign Affairs, Jorge Arreaza, who demanded «respect for the resolutions of the United Nations Organization» on that issue, as well as expressed «his solidarity with the Palestinian people».

When the State of Israel was created in 1948, the city of Jerusalem, considered sacred to both Muslims and Jews, was formally divided into two. The western part would be under Israeli administration, while the eastern part would be the capital of the future Palestinian State. However, this was never complied with, due to the successive attacks by the Israeli Government against Palestine and since 1967, after the Six Days War, Israel occupied the eastern region.

After this decision of the North American nation, the international community refused to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel because it considers that this must be agreed with Palestine, in peaceful dialogues.

Following, is the full text:

The President of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, Nicolás Maduro Moros, on behalf of the Bolivarian People and Government, expresses his strongest repudiation and condemnation of the arbitrary decision of the US government to recognize the City of Jerusalem, illegally occupied by Israel, as capital of the State of Israel, as well as to transfer to that City its Embassy.

The Bolivarian Government of Venezuela rejects any arbitrary, unilateral and un-consulted action that seeks to strengthen the illegal presence of the State of Israel over the Occupied Palestinian Territory and its de facto annexation of the City of Jerusalem, facts that undermine the sovereignty of the Palestinian State and its people, undermine the peace and stability of the region, and tragically influence international efforts in search of a dialogued, peaceful, just and long-lasting solution.

The Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, from the Presidency of the Movement of Non-Aligned Countries (NAM), and as a brotherly country of the just causes of the Arab world, considers this fact as a flagrant violation of International Law, for which it calls for attachment to the Charter of the United Nations, and all those resolutions of the Security Council and the General Assembly of the United Nations that have been approved in this regard, within the framework of the joint efforts of the International Community to move towards a dialogue solution and the cessation of hostilities and abuses against the Palestinian nation.

In that regard, with special emphasis on resolution 2334 (2016), in which the Security Council stated that it «will not recognize any change to the lines of June 4, 1967, even with regard to Jerusalem, which are not those agreed upon by the parties through negotiations «, also calling on the parties» to refrain from acts of provocation and incitement and to make statements that inflame the mood, in order, among other things, to defuse the situation the terrain, restoring confidence, demonstrating through policies and measures a genuine commitment to the two-State solution and creating the necessary conditions to promote peace».

The Bolivarian People, historically committed to the just cause of Palestine, takes the opportunity to reaffirm their unrestricted commitment to the achievement of a dialogued, peaceful and lasting solution to the conflict, as well as for the concretion of the full sovereignty and independence of the brotherly State of Palestine , reiterating its willingness to face together with the brave Palestinian people all those arbitrary and unjust actions that, like this one, undermine the inalienable rights of the Palestinian people, and only seek to continue sowing chaos in the Middle East region.

Caracas, November 06, 2017