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Lebanon Patriarch slams Trump recognition of Jerusalem as Israel capital

The highest Christian authority in Lebanon, Maronite Patriarch Beshara Al-Rai, slammed on Sunday US President Donald Trump's decision to recognise Jerusalem as Israel's capital contrary to international legitimacy resolutions.

"It violates international legitimacy resolutions, defies international and regional will, and is a slap in the face of the Palestinians, Levantine Christians, Muslims and all the Arabs", the Patriarch said during his Sunday mass, north of Beirut.

The Patriarch pointed out that moving the US embassy to Jerusalem "destroys the bridges of peace between Israel and the Palestinians and the Arab countries, ignites the fire of a new intifada and turns Jerusalem from a city of peace into a city of war".

He called on Trump to "reverse this destructive decision".

Last Wednesday Trump recognised Jerusalem as Israel's capital and announced he was moving the US embassy from Tel Aviv to the occupied city. A number of Christian leaders across the world, including the Pope, have joined the global condemnation of Trump's decision.

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