Arab League warns Trump over Jerusalem move

JERUSALEM (AP) – The chief of the Arab League is warning the United States not to take any measures that would change Jerusalem’s current legal and political status.

Ahmed Aboul-Gheit spoke yesterday during a meeting in Cairo of Arab League representatives gathered to discuss President Donald Trump’s possible recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.

Aboul-Gheit said the possible US decision would be a “dangerous measure that would have repercussions” across the entire Mideast region.

He also urged the Trump administration to reconsider the issue.

American officials have said Trump may recognise Jerusalem as Israel’s capital this week.

File photo shows Palestinians praying during the Muslim holiday of Aidiladha, near the Dome of the Rock Mosque in the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound. – AP

Israeli officials are playing down threats by Turkey’s president, Tayyip Erdogan, to cut ties if President Donald Trump goes ahead with recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.

The officials noted yesterday that Jerusalem has been the “capital of the Jewish people for 3,000 years and Israel’s capital for 70 years, regardless of whether Erdogan recognises this or not”.