Malaysia’s Mahathir Calls Trump A ‘Villain’ For Jerusalem Plan





Muslim-majority Malaysia’s former prime minister Mahathir Mohamad on Friday called US President Donald Trump an “international bully” and a “villain” for his move to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.

Trump last week reversed decades of US policy by recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, and said the US would move its embassy to Jerusalem from Tel Aviv in the coming years.




The status of Jerusalem is one of the thorniest barriers to a lasting Israeli-Palestinian peace. Israel considers Jerusalem its eternal and indivisible capital and wants all embassies based there.

Palestinians want the capital of an independent state of theirs to be in the city’s eastern sector, which Israel captured in the 1967 Middle East war and annexed in a move never recognized internationally.

The anger from Trump’s decision “will lead to what is called terrorism,” the 93-year-old Mahathir told a protest rally in front of the US embassy in Kuala Lumpur.

“Today we have an international bully. Trump, go find someone your own size. This (Jerusalem plan) will only stir the anger of the Muslims,” said Mahathir, the chairman of Malaysia’s opposition coalition.




“We must use all our power to oppose this villain who is the president of the US,” he said, urging all Muslim countries to cut ties with Israel.

Muhyiddin Yassin, another opposition leader, called on the Malaysian government to not proceed with planned investments in the US.


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