Palestine condemns Honduran, Nauru statements on Jerusalem

A member of Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) executive committee Hanan Ashrawi on Thursday condemned the opening of a Honduran diplomatic mission to Israel in Jerusalem.

Ashrawi said in a statement that “this decision is in flagrant violation of international law and relevant UN Security Council resolutions.”

She said that the Palestinian leadership will “reassess its relationship with Honduras” and urge Arab League countries and the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) to sever all diplomatic and commercial ties with Honduras and enact past resolutions banning any relations with countries that recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.

Israeli sources revealed that Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernandez will travel to Israel on Friday to inaugurate a diplomatic office in Jerusalem, recognizing the holy city as Israel’s capital.

Earlier Thursday, the Israeli foreign ministry said that the Republic of Nauru declared its recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.

In response to the declaration, Ashrawi’s statement further added “the Palestinian leadership equally and unequivocally condemns Nauru’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.”

Palestinians want East Jerusalem as the capital of their future independent state, while Israel wants all Jerusalem to be its eternal capital. Israel annexed East Jerusalem in the 1967 war and declared the whole city as its eternal indivisible capital in 1980, but the move has never been recognized by the international community.