Trump's Jerusalem decision promises upheaval

Trump's Jerusalem decision promises upheaval”

Defying all warnings, Trump announced his official recognition and instructed the State Department to begin the process of moving the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. "We disagree with the US decision to move its embassy to Jerusalem and recognise Jerusalem as the Israeli capital", she said in a statement.

"Today, I am delivering", he said. Those officials were not authorized to publicly discuss the matter and spoke on condition of anonymity. "We want an agreement that is a great deal for the Israelis and a great deal for the Palestinians".

Palestinians burn Israeli and U.S. flags and posters of Trump and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu during a protest in Rafah, in the southern Gaza Strip, on Wednesday.

Arabs and Muslims across the Middle East condemned the U.S. decision, calling it an incendiary move in a volatile region and the European Union and United Nations also voiced alarm at the possible repercussions for any chances of reviving Israeli-Palestinian peacemaking.

That decision reset the clock to the next twice-yearly waiver deadline, which fell this week. Turkey threatened to cut diplomatic ties with Israel; other criticism came from Egypt, the Arab League and France.

"We are certain that such steps will yield increased hatred, conflict, violence and suffering in Jerusalem and the Holy Land, moving us farther from the goal of unity and deeper toward destructive division", the Christian leaders wrote. The two communities have little social interaction.

No other country has its embassy in Jerusalem. And since Israel's victory in the 1967 war and its annexation of Arab East Jerusalem, it has been the undivided capital of Israel.

Some were more guarded in their satisfaction.

Tillerson, mindful of the death of four Americans in militant attacks in Benghazi, Libya, in 2012, "pushed back vocally", one White House official said.

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani slammed the move as "illegal" and would further destabilise the Middle East, holding Israel "responsible for all the insecurity and instability" in the region. Even Trump said yesterday its boundaries remain subject to final status negotiations. The official anticipated there would be a "cooling-off" period.

First comes the "Rapture", a moment when the true believers in God - including the 50 million evangelical Christians - suddenly disappear from the Earth and are taken to Heaven, where they become immortal. The blowback was swift.

"He (the Antichrist) marches into Jerusalem and goes into the rebuilt temple, which will have been rebuilt during the first three and a half years of the tribulation, and declares himself to be God".

According to Nabil Shaath, an adviser to Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, Trump "just went on saying he had to do it", despite the Palestinian leader's fervent objections.

Trump also notified Jordanian King Abdullah II, a stalwart ally, in a similar call.

President Donald Trump has said the United States will recognize Jerusalem, rather than Tel Aviv, as the capital of Israel. Should the holy city be the capital of the Israelis alone or shared with the Palestinians? White House officials say a key test will come later this month: whether Abbas cancels his planned meeting with Pence.

Even officials with misgivings sought to look on the bright side Wednesday, saying that Trump's statement did nothing to change any of the components being considered by the administration as parts of a comprehensive peace agreement.

They repeatedly emphasized what had not changed after the president's announcement, rather than what had. The Israelis claim the entire city as their capital, while the Palestinians are seeking a capital in the eastern part of the city for a future state.

UN chief Antonio Guterres said there was no alternative to the two-state solution, "There is no Plan B". The precise timing of that rollout remains unclear.

Kushner and Greenblatt expect in the long run Trump's announcement won't hurt and could help prospects for peace, the two officials said.

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