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Arab states urge US to abandon Jerusalem move

Arab peculiar ministers late on Saturday urged the United States to abandon its settling to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, saying the move would prolong violence throughout the region.

The announcement by President Donald Trump on Wednesday was a “chancy violation of international law,” had no legal impact and was “void,” the Arab League conjectured in a statement after a session attended by all its members in Cairo.

Trump’s approbation of Israel’s claim to all of Jerusalem as its capital would reverse long-standing U.S. conduct that the city’s status must be decided in negotiations with the Palestinians, who necessitate East Jerusalem as the capital of their future state.

“The decision has no legit effect … it deepens tension, ignites anger and threatens to engulf region into more violence and chaos,” the Arab League put about at 3 a.m. local time after hours of meetings that began on Saturday plane.

It said it would seek a U.N. Security Council resolution rejecting the U.S. get under way.

Lebanon’s Foreign Minister Gebran Bassil said during the crisis meeting that Arab nations should consider imposing profitable sanctions against the United States to prevent it moving its Israel embassy to Jerusalem from Tel Aviv.

“Pre-emptive find outs (must be) taken … beginning with diplomatic measures, then partisan, then economic and financial sanctions,” he said, without giving precise details.

The Arab League statement made no mention of economic sanctions.

Arab analysis of Trump’s plan contrasted sharply with the praise Washington’s ritual Arab allies heaped on him at the beginning of his administration in January.

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