Theresa May will challenge Donald Trump over his controversial decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital in showdown call after their diplomatic spat over the Britain First tweet.
The US President is expected to announce his decision later today as part of plans to move the American embassy to the disputed city.
His decision has sparked worldwide condemnation and the region is braced for violence and unrest while Palestinian protesters have already gathered in Gaza to burn US flags at the move.
Mrs. May refused to say if the US President had warned her about his decision, but said she intends ‘to talk to him’ about it.
The phone call is likely to be frosty as it comes just a week after Mr. Trump launched an extraordinary attack on the PM after she criticised him for retweeting anti-Muslim propaganda.
Appearing in the House of Commons today for her weekly bout of PMQs, Mrs. May was challenged over what she knew about the US President’s decision.
Ben Bradshaw, Labour MP for Exeter said Mr. Trump’s decision will cause ‘grave damage’ to the prospects of a peace settlement in the Middle East.
Mrs. May told MPs: ‘I’m intending to speak to President Trump about this matter.
‘Our position has not changed, it has been a long-standing one and it is also a very clear one.
‘It is that the status of Jerusalem should be determined in a negotiated settlement between the Israelis and the Palestinians, and Jerusalem should ultimately form a shared capital between the Israeli and Palestinian states.
‘We continue to support a two-state solution, we recognize the importance of Jerusalem and our position on that has not changed.’
Mr. Trump’s decision is hugely controversial as both the Palestinians and Israelis claim the city of Jerusalem as their historic home and rightful capital.
To avoid igniting tensions and violence, all Western countries have their embassies in the Israeli city of Tel Aviv.
The showdown call is likely to be very tense as it comes just a week after the outspoken US President caused a major diplomatic spat by attacking Mrs. May on Twitter.
The PM said Mr. Trump was ‘wrong’ after he retweeted several videos by far-right group Britain First peddling anti-Muslim hate.
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