Speaker of Parliament, Prof. Mike Oquaye, has said that Ghana will recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital , days after the United States had issued similar sentiments.
The US state department has been directed by President Donald Trump to begin moving the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.
The US’ decision is viewed as having hefty consequences because of the standing of Jerusalem to Israel and the Palestinians; two counties that have been in conflict for decades.
Israeli sovereignty over Jerusalem has never been recognised as all countries situate their embassies in Tel Aviv.
East Jerusalem, was annexed by Israel after the Six Day War of 1967 and has not been recognised as part of Israel until the US’ decision.
In an interview with Israeli media network, i24NEWS on Tuesday in relation to these developments, Prof. Oquaye said Ghana would abide with Israel’s wishes on the standing of Jerusalem because “whatever Israel wants, we in Ghana will go by that, because that is essentially an internal decision.”
The Speaker was in Israel as part of the “Power Africa” initiative where he also alluded to the strong “historical ties between Israel and Ghana.”