By The Jerusalem Channel
While US President Trump’s White House and government have been hand-wringing and deliberating over keeping a campaign promise to move its embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. . . . meanwhile. . . . Moscow has scooped Washington by beating them to the goal.
Russia has suddenly recognized West Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, the Russian Foreign Ministry stated in a surprise announcement on Thursday.
Trump’s move was not anticipated until June.
Russia’s move recognizes West Jerusalem as the country’s capital.
No other country in the world recognizes any part of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, according to reports in The Jerusalem Post and also reportedly Moscow intends for this recognition to go into effect immediately.
The Russian Foreign Ministry issued the following statement in English:
“We reaffirm our commitment to the UN-approved principles for a Palestinian-Israeli settlement, which include the status of east Jerusalem as the capital of the future Palestinian state. At the same time, we must state that in this context we view west Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.”
The statement is a decided shift in Russian policy, which heretofore has formally held that Jerusalem should eventually be under a permanent international regime.
The statement appeared on the Russian Foreign Ministry’s website. Trump has been trumped by Putin. Meanwhile, Israel is “studying the statement.”
The Moscow statement was headlined, “Foreign Ministry statement regarding Palestinian-Israeli settlement.”
Moscow “is deeply concerned about the situation in the Palestinian-Israeli conflict. Palestine and Israel have not held political negotiations for nearly three years, and the situation on the ground has been deteriorating.”
According to the statement, “The stalling of the Middle East peace process has created conditions for unilateral moves that undermine the potential for an internationally accepted solution to the Palestinian problem, under which two states – Israel and Palestine – could live in peace and security with each other and with their neighbors.”
Moscow reaffirmed “its support for the two-state solution as an optimal option that meets the national interests of the Palestinian and Israeli people, both of whom have friendly relations with Russia, and the interests of all other countries in the region and the international community as a whole.”