Kamis , 07 December 2017, 05:00 WIB

Relocation of US embassy to Jerusalem creates instability

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Dome of The Rock in Al Aqsa compound, Jerusalem, Palestine some time ago. Donald Trump administration said, US President will recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and move its embassy to the old city.
Dome of The Rock in Al Aqsa compound, Jerusalem, Palestine some time ago. Donald Trump administration said, US President will recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and move its embassy to the old city.

REPUBLIKA.CO.ID, JAKARTA -- International law professor at the University of Indonesia Hikmahanto Juwana opined that the plan to relocate the US Embassy in Israel to Jerusalem could create instability in the Middle East.

"I am concerned over the possible escalation in regional tensions in response to Trump's plan," Juwana noted here on Wednesday.

The law professor pointed out that Trump's plan to relocate the US Embassy to Jerusalem could hinder the Israeli-Palestinian peace process.

He remarked that as one of the precautionary measures, the US government should ensure the safety of its citizens and legal entities in various parts of the world, particularly in the Middle East and Muslim-majority countries.

"The local community may show disagreement in their own ways. The US will be the target of anger," he stated.

Hence, the governments of various countries, including Indonesia, should step up vigil.

"People of various countries, including Indonesia, should be able to refrain from taking anarchist actions," he emphasized.

Instead, US citizens must be approached and encouraged to take action, so that Trump's policy is not implemented.

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The people of US could hold a massive demonstration and also approach the court to stop the implementation of Trump's plan, he stated.

"If communication between world leaders and Trump fails, the only way out is to stop Trump's plan through the people of the US. The people of US can make efforts to change Trump's policies," he pointed out.

Trump has announced its recognition to Jerusalem as the capital of the state of Israel on Wednesday. He said, the transfer of embassies from Tel Aviv will be done immediately, but it will took years to complete the plan.

The Trump administration will need time to deal with logistics issues, such as the absence of an embassy building and secure housing for staff members in Jerusalem, according to a US official.

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