Ex-Top Gear star Jeremy Clarkson to Palestine: Announce London as the capital of America

Ex-Top Gear star Jeremy Clarkson to Palestine: Announce London as the capital of America
Sat Dec 9, 2017 09:15:55

Jeremy Clarkson has advised Palestinians to announce that London is the capital of the United States in response to President Trump recognising "Jerusalem" al-Quds as the capital of Israel.

(middleeastmonitor) -- The TV presenter wrote the cheeky message on Twitter on Thursday, one day after Donald Trump’s controversial announcement.

Clarkson wrote: ‘Palestinians: why not announce that as far as you’re concerned, the capital of America is London.’

On Wednesday the 5th December, US President Donald Trump declared his intention to move the American embassy from Tel Aviv to al-Quds. He broke with decades of US foreign policy and international consensus by officially recognising al-Quds– a city claimed by both Israel and Palestine – as the capital of the Jewish state. This has sparked outrage across the Middle East and the international community.

Jeremy Clarkson is an English broadcaster, journalist and writer. He is best known for co-presenting the BBC TV show Top Gear.

Clarkson’s joke is clearly at the expense of President Trump’s move, with the implication being that a mere declaration does not change the facts on the ground – and that naming al-Quds Israel’s capital is akin to naming London the USA’s.

While the international community has almost unanimously disagreed with Donald Trump’s announcement, reports suggest that the announcement was done with the pre-agreement of Egypt and Saudi Arabia, with the Saudi Arabia going as far as, allegedly, stating to the Palestinian President to accept a village on the outskirts of al-Quds as the alternative Palestinian capital.

Since the announcement, Saudi Arabia’s royal court has sent notices to the nation’s media outlets to limit the airtime given to protests against Trump’s announcement.

(File photo: Jeremy Clarkson)

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