Israeli President Rivlin Calls on World to Remove ‘Mask of Hypocrisy’ and Recognize Jerusalem

Israeli flags fly near the Dome of the Rock in the Al-Aqsa mosque compound on December 5, 2017. The EU's diplomatic chief Federica Mogherini said that the status of Jerusalem must be resolved 'through negotiations', as US President Donald Trump mulls recognising the city as the capital of Israel. / …
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The Times of Israel reports: President Reuven Rivlin on Monday called on countries worldwide to tear off the “mask of hypocrisy” and follow the US in recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.

Speaking to Israeli diplomats at his Jerusalem residence, Rivlin addressed a number of geopolitical developments that have affected Israel, first and foremost, Donald Trump’s presidency. Calling the US president a “true friend of Israel,” Rivlin said he was impressed by Trump’s “intentions to bring about a breakthrough in resolving the Arab-Israeli conflict and his strategic commitment to America’s return to the Middle East.”

Rivlin thanked Trump for helping to “rectify historic injustices” suffered by Israel on the international level, singling out for praise Trump’s December 6 declaration on Jerusalem.

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