US asks Israel to restrain response to Jerusalem move

US has asked Israel to temper its response to the recognition of Jerusalem as its capital, as Washington expects a backlash and is weighing the potential threat to US facilities and people.

State Department yesterday issued a document for diplomats at the US Embassy in Tel Aviv asking them to convey Israeli officials to restrain their official response. The document also stated that Washington expects that there to be resistance to this news in the Middle East and around the world.

The State Department also issued another document yesterday stating that they had formed an internal task force to track worldwide developments following the decision on Jerusalem.

United Nations Security Council has convened a meeting tomorrow in the wake of the US President Donald Trump announcing his decision to recognise Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.

At least eight of the 15 members of the Security Council, including Britain and France, the two permanent members which closely align themselves on most of the global issues joined by other non-permanent members — Bolivia, Egypt, Italy, Senegal, Sweden, Britain and Uruguay asked for a special meeting of the top decision-making wing of the New York-headquartered world body.

The UN Secretary General António Guterres’ is expected to address the Security Council on Friday.

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