"Irresponsible, Unwarranted": Saudis Condemn Trump's Jerusalem Recognition, Warn Of "Serious Consequences"

Saudi Arabia has issued a formal condemnation of President Trump's recognition of Jerusalem as the Israeli capital and announcement of plans to relocate the US embassy from Tel Aviv to 'the holy city' claimed by both Palestinians and Israelis. The Saudi statement was posted to its D.C. embassy website and circulated via diplomatic channels and the kingdom's social media accounts Wednesday evening. 

The kingdom's condemnation invokes "serious consequences of such an irresponsible and unwarranted step" while expressing its "denunciation and deep regret that the administration has taken this step" while calling on the White House to "reverse this action" which constitutes "a drastic regression in the efforts to move the peace process forward."

Protests in Gaza from earlier this year. Image source: Reuters via NY Daily News

As expected Trump has already received an immense amount of international push back from world leaders, including major US allies. Among the countries and international bodies which immediately condemned the move are the UK, France, Germany, Canada, Russia, China, Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, UAE, Egypt, Jordan, as well as the European Union, Arab League, and others. 

The Jerusalem recognition came during a televised address from the White House shortly after 1pm on Wednesday and set an already volatile Middle East situation on edge. Travel warnings for US citizens were sent out via US embassies throughout the Middle East and the American embassy in Amman, Jordan suspended all services as protests erupted outside the embassy gates. 

And as we previously reported, Trump made another - and unexpected - announcement two hours after the controversial Jerusalem announcement: the president called on Saudi leadership to immediately completely lift the years long Saudi military blockade on war-torn Yemen while highlighting the humanitarian catastrophe currently unfolding, saying “This must be done for humanitarian reasons immediately.” 

Many analysts saw the announcement as a tit-for-tat statement concerning the Jerusalem move: the Saudis were angry and were expected to issue the formal condemnation, but it appears Trump preempted their criticism by highlighting the humanitarian outrage of the Saudi imposed Yemen blockade (which ironically, as we noted, was enabled by the US as part of the Saudi coalition in Yemen).


Below is the official Saudi Embassy statement in full.


"The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia followed, with great disappointment, the announcement made by the President of the United States Donald Trump, recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and relocating the United States’ embassy to Jerusalem.

The Government of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia had previously warned of the serious consequences of such an irresponsible and unwarranted step. The Kingdom expresses its denunciation and deep regret that the administration has taken this step, as it represents a great bias against the historic and permanent rights of the Palestinian people in Jerusalem, which have been affirmed by the relevant international resolutions and have been recognized and supported by the international community.

Although this step does not change or infringe upon the inalienable and preserved rights of the Palestinian people in Jerusalem, and other occupied territories, and even though it cannot impose a new reality upon those rights, it does however exemplify a drastic regression in the efforts to move the peace process forward, and is a shift away from the United States' historically impartial position with regard to the issue of Jerusalem, which will further complicate the Palestinian-Israeli conflict.

The Government of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia hopes that the U.S administration will reverse this action, and support the international will to enable the Palestinian people to regain their legitimate rights. Furthermore, the Kingdom reaffirms the importance of finding a just and lasting solution to the Palestinian cause in accordance with the relevant international resolutions, and the Arab Peace Initiative, so that the Palestinian people can regain their legitimate rights, which will strengthen security and stability in the region."

It will be interesting to see if Trump takes to twitter to speak off the cuff like he's done with other issues and world leaders who criticize his controversial decisions.


two hoots BaBaBouy Thu, 12/07/2017 - 14:07 Permalink

Israeli nation creep.  That is the real issue.  Palestinian people are nothing more than a buffer for Arab Sunni states, no one else cares beyond just words.  If they, others really cared they would have stepped-up long ago and improved the lot of them including security.  Other:At least from Carter on every president wanted to be one the solve the Palestine/Israeli conundrum.  Every SoS same.   Well, Trump is definitely going to get more accomplished than the combined efforts of all of them with a simple proclamation.  No telling how much money was given to each side in all the attempts.No sure where this is heading but something will give.    The world may tolerate Israel "taking" Palestine as long as it is somewhat civil, not sure the modern world will support any other advancements given lost associations with meaning of chosen people/proomise lands stuff as most don't know, don't care and will see it as aggression.

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Mementoil ne-tiger Thu, 12/07/2017 - 14:10 Permalink

You know, when the Muslims have conquered Constantinople, they have turned the city's Cathedral Hagia Sophia, which was the center of Christendom for centuries, into a mosque. They have done the same to the Jews - Conquered Jerusalem and erected a mosque where the temple of Solomon used to stand. This is a repeating pattern of appropriating the holy sites of other cultures, in order to erase them.Jerusalem is not holy for the Muslims. It is not even mentioned once in the Quran. The only reference is of Muhammad praying in "the farthest" mosque (in Arabic "al aqsa"), which was never indicated as being in Jerusalem (nor could it be, because during the life of Muhammad Jerusalem was in the hands of the Byzantines), and was only later claimed as such, in order to cement their claim of the city.If you support the Muslims' claim to Jerusalem, then you also accept that Hagia Sophia will remain a mosque (since they were taken in the exact same way). You also surrender Spain to the Muslims (since they have ruled over it for centuries and claim it as their own), and pave the way for all future land grabs which they are planing all across Europe (there is already some talk about taking over the Vatican, believe it or not).Pick your side, but do it wisely.

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GUS100CORRINA yrad Thu, 12/07/2017 - 13:25 Permalink

"Irresponsible, Unwarranted": Saudis Condemn Trump's Jerusalem Recognition, Warn Of "Serious Consequences"My response: The GOD of the Bible is control of JERUSALEM and not Allah. I really hope our Arab friends are getting this point.As a side note, let's ask a question: Why is JERUSALEM a concern to the ARABS and the TURKS? The word "Jerusalem" IS NOT FOUND ONCE in the Qur'an.On the other hand, the word "Jerusalem" occurs 820 times in 772 verses in the NKJV of the Bible.Jerusalem is GOD's city and ISRAEL is appointed GOD's steward to manage His property.GOD BLESS PRESIDENT TRUMP and HIS TEAM. However this decision turns out, it will be the will of GOD of the Bible and not Allah!! Note that the GOD of the Bible (YHWH Elohim) and Allah are not the same!Lastly, below are several Bible verses for our ISLAMIC ARAB FRIENDS as well as others to meditate upon for awhile. Jerusalem’s Enemies to Be DestroyedZechariah 12:1-5 - A prophecy: The word of the Lord concerning Israel.1, The Lord, who stretches out the heavens, who lays the foundation of the earth, and who forms the human spirit within a person, declares: 2 “I am going to make Jerusalem a cup that sends all the surrounding peoples reeling. Judah will be besieged as well as Jerusalem. 3 On that day, when all the nations of the earth are gathered against her, I will make Jerusalem an immovable rock for all the nations. All who try to move it will injure themselves. 4 On that day I will strike every horse with panic and its rider with madness,” declares the Lord. “I will keep a watchful eye over Judah, but I will blind all the horses of the nations. 5 Then the clans of Judah will say in their hearts, ‘The people of Jerusalem are strong, because the Lord Almighty is their God.’

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Chupacabra-322 GUS100CORRINA Thu, 12/07/2017 - 13:43 Permalink

@ GUS,

Acts 7:43 KJV.

43 Yea, ye took up the tabernacle of Moloch, and the star of your god Remphan figures which ye made to worship them: and I will carry you away beyond Babylon.

Remphan is Saturn, whose symbol is a cube, or six-sided object, or the perimeter of the hexagonal star that appears on “Israel’s” flag.

As soon as Stephen bought this up, the Jews in attendance stoned him to death. We should therefore point this out as often as we can. (They) hate it.

The Zionist Elephant In The Room
The political creed of Zionism has big ears and a long trunk and I think it’s time that was pointed out. It also stampedes through our lives at every level and that needs to be said, too.

It has created a pincer-movement on the human mind by hijacking staggering amounts of political, corporate, banking and media power on one side and by using the fear of being called ‘anti-Semitic’ if you dare to state the bloody obvious.
 They have been able to do this by equating in public perception that Zionism = Jewish people. It does not. Zionism is a political creed introduced by the House of Rothschild to advance the goals of the Illuminati families that are largely controlled by the Rothschilds.
 When people think of Zionism they think of Jewish people. When they think of Israel they think of Jewish people. That’s understandable given the propaganda, but it is seriously misleading and those instant connections need to be broken if we are going to understand what’s going on here.
Zionism means Rothschild just as Israel means Rothschild. When we see the extraordinary number of Zionists in key positions around the world we are looking not at ‘manipulating Jews’, but manipulating Zionists representing the interests and demands of the Rothschilds.
Significant numbers of Jewish people are not Zionists and oppose that appalling creed while many Zionists are not Jewish. These include the Christian Zionists and Obama’s vice-president, Joe Biden, who told Israeli television ‘I’m a Zionist’.  If, as Biden rightly says, you don’t have to be a Jew to be a Zionist, how can it be a racial rather than a political movement? It can’t. It’s just made to appear like that to manipulate public perception because opposing Zionism then becomes opposing Jewish people as a whole and the ‘you’re a racist’ card can be played over and over.

 Far from protecting and advancing the interests of the mass of Jewish people it has often been devastating for them and caused millions to be labelled unfairly by the actions of the Zionist elite. On the Jews Against Zionism website one feature highlights how Rothschild Zionism targeted Jews who had lived for generations in Palestine side-by-side with Arabs in peace and harmony:
 ‘The religious Jews who by virtue of their faith, clearly contradicted Zionist nationalism, and who had lived peacefully with their Arab neighbors for generations, became unwillingly identified with the Zionist cause and their struggle with the Arabs.

 They requested the United Nations that Jerusalem be designated as a defacto international city. They appealed to the diplomatic corps assigned to Jerusalem — but to no avail. They were hence confronted with the choice of either becoming a part of the Zionist State, which diametrically opposed the interests of Jews as a religion, or abandoning the land of which their forefathers were the first Jewish settlers.
 Let’s get this straight. Zionism doesn’t give a damn about Jewish people. To the Rothschilds and their Zionist gofers and thugs the Jewish people as a whole are merely cattle to be used and abused as necessary – just like the rest of the human population.
The networks of the House of Rothschild were behind Hitler and the rise of the Nazi Party in the Rothschild heartland of Germany where they had changed their name from Bauer in 18th century Frankfurt and launched the dynasty that was to control global finance.
 After the war the Rothschilds used public sympathy for Jewish people targeted by the Nazis to press for a homeland in Palestine. This was the alleged reason for the founding of Zionism, but that is only part of it.

 The campaign to impose a Rothschild fiefdom in Palestine goes back at least to the earlier part of the 19th century and probably long before. It was given a massive boost with the Balfour Declaration in 1917 when the British Foreign Secretary Arthur Balfour declared in a letter his government’s support for a Jewish homeland in Palestine.

This letter was sent by Balfour, an inner-circle member of an elite secret society called the Round Table, to Baron (Walter) Rothschild who funded the Round Table.
 Today, Rothschild Illuminati fronts like the Council on Foreign Relations, Trilateral Commission, Bilderberg Group, Royal Institute of International Affairs, and others, still answer to the Round Table which string-pulls and coordinates from the shadows. This is why Zionists in government are invariably connected with these Rothschild-controlled organisations.
 The Rothschilds funded the early settlers from Europe to relocate in post-war Palestine and they also funded and armed the terrorist groups, like Irgun, which bombed and terrorised Israel into existence in 1948, a campaign which forced 800,000 Palestinians to leave the land of their birth.

Israel is simply the State of Rothschild and how appropriate that they paid for the construction of the Israeli parliament building, the Knesset, and the Israel Supreme Court. The name Rothschild means Red-shield and it originates with the red shield ‘Star of David’ symbol (not a Jewish symbol before the Rothschilds) which they displayed on their house in Frankfurt .

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ebear GUS100CORRINA Thu, 12/07/2017 - 15:25 Permalink

"4 On that day I will strike every horse with panic and its rider with madness,” declares the Lord. “I will keep a watchful eye over Judah, but I will blind all the horses of the nations."Oh noes!  Not the horses!Or is this an allegory for "my car won't start in the morning?"That people still take this stuff seriously in the 21st Century is beyond belief.

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Sparkey GUS100CORRINA Thu, 12/07/2017 - 17:51 Permalink

The "God of the Bible" is alive and well in the hearts of believers, I still think we should remember what Will Rogers said, "it ain't what you know that is the problem, it is what you know that just ain't so" that is where the problems lie, are some who profess Christianity crazy? I'm sure there are carzy people who profess Christianity, I've never met any but that doesn't mean they don't exist, most of the Christians I've met are nice people, easy to like and easy to trust.Good luck to everyone, if the war starts now the Boys will be home for Christmas!

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flapdoodle stizazz Thu, 12/07/2017 - 13:14 Permalink

A little secret - ultimately, the House of Saud is also Israhell's b*tch - ssshhh.The crypto-jews in SA frantically trying to hide their butt buddy relationship with the (((tribe))) - this is all faux indignation since the rest of the Arab world is on the other side - ultimately, even the Wahhabis must secretly hang their head in shame on how they support their Palestinian brothers and sisters. I mean, not even ONE terrorist act against Israel by ISIS - who do they think they are fooling?The good part of all this is that I think action against Iran, even less Lebanon, is off the table for a while, I hope.

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nuubee bobcatz Thu, 12/07/2017 - 13:03 Permalink

Someone explain this to me:

Christians = "Bad, evil people, intolerant of others because of religion"

Muslims = "Peaceful people, tolerant of other people and other religions because of religion."

Jerusalem = Historical city, home to 3 major religions.

Jews = "Owners" of Jerusalem, declare it their capital city

Christians.... *crickets*


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Sean7k nuubee Thu, 12/07/2017 - 13:12 Permalink

Perhaps by triggering every muslim in europe, Trump has guaranteed an uprising which will require a military response, possible followed by expulsion.

At the very least, muslim actions will create an even bigger bias toward their response. This is called making people choose sides...

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