President Donald Trump is set to announce on Wednesday that he will be moving the U.S. embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.
Although Israel recognizes Jerusalem as its capital, the move is considered controversial by most people in the international community as Jerusalem is recognized as disputed lands between Israel and Palestinian people.
When Trump announced earlier this week that he was planning to move the embassy, he was met with resistance from a number of Muslim leaders.
These leaders immediately threatened to discontinue diplomacy with Israel:
Muslim leaders have reportedly been quick to condemn Trump’s plans to promote Jerusalem as the capitol of Israel, according to Fox News.
President Recep Tayyip Erdogen of Turkey told him earlier this week that should the change be made, he and other Muslim leaders would have to sever ties with Israel.
French President Emmanuel Macron also recently urged the president to reconsider his policy.
Now, the Pope is calling for Trump to not change the “status quo,” per the Hill:
Pope Francis is calling for the “status quo” of Jerusalem to be “respected.”
“I make a heartfelt appeal so that all commit themselves to respecting the status quo of the city, in conformity with the pertinent resolutions of the United Nations,” he said at the end of his weekly general audience, according to Reuters.
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“I cannot keep quiet about my deep worry about the situation that has been created in the last few days.”
He added that he wishes “wisdom and prudence prevail, in order to avoid adding new elements of tension to a global panorama that is already convulsed and marked by so many and cruel conflicts.”
Trump’s decision to move the U.S. embassy into Jerusalem was initially promised throughout his 2016 presidential campaign.
He is set to officially announce the move on Wednesday.