Lebanese President Michel Aoun, right, speaks with Prime Minister Saad Hariri, at the Presidential Palace in Baabda, east of Beirut, Lebanon, Tuesday, Dec. 5, 2017. (Dalati Nohra/Lebanese Government via AP)
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Senior Lebanese figures Wednesday unanimously blasted the decision by U.S. President Donald Trump to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.Speaker Nabih Berri warned that the world was on the cusp of "a new Balfour Declaration," referring to a document by then-British Foreign Secretary Arthur Balfour in 1917 that paved the way toward establishing the national home of the Jewish people in Palestine.Prime Minister Saad Hariri criticized Trump's move.Grand Mufti Sheikh Abdel-Latif Derian called on all leaders of Arab and Islamic countries to counter the move and preserve Arab identity in Palestine, the state-run National News Agency reported.However, MP Walid Jumblatt criticized the Arab reaction to the move.
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