Muslim World Rallies in Protest Against Trump's Jerusalem Move

Adjust Comment Print

Trump's announcement Wednesday that the USA would recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital and begin the process of moving its embassy there marked a significant shift in US foreign policy, which had previously avoided taking a side on issues of sovereignty regarding Jerusalem.

And even if Trump's move can not singlehandedly determine Jerusalem's status, policies of the USA, the lead mediator for over two decades of unsuccessful peace talks, carry special weight. Israel conducted airstrikes on Gaza in response to rocket attacks.

Another appeared to have fallen in wasteland but the third landed in the southern Israeli city of Sderot, although Israeli public radio said that rocket did not explode and did not cause any casualties.

A masked Palestinian protests Friday in the Gaza Strip against Trump's decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

The militant group called for a "day of rage" across the Palestinian Territories on Friday.

A U.N. Security Council resolution adopted in December previous year "underlines that it will not recognize any changes to the 4 June 1967 lines, including with regard to Jerusalem, other than those agreed by the parties through negotiations".

"Many look to comments from other administration officials to confirm the USA commitment to North Atlantic Treaty Organisation and willingness to confront Russian Federation".

Mohammed ElBaradei, a Nobel Peace Prize laureate and Egypt's former vice-president who now lives in self-imposed exile, suggested Arabs do have options, including radically reducing the billions of Arab money flowing to America and a radical downsizing of diplomatic, military and intelligence relations with the U.S. "And by doing this, it's like you've completely [crossed] that out of any peace talks".

"We want the uprising to last and continue to let Trump and the occupation regret this decision", Haniyeh said.

"We should call for and we should work on launching an intifada in the face of the Zionist enemy", Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh said in a speech in Gaza. "I will do everything in my power to support the Israeli and Palestinian leaders to return to meaningful negotiations".

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu referred to this Wednesday.

Trump Blasts WaPo's Dave Weigel After Reporter Heckles Him with Fake Photo
After the rally on Friday, Trump tweeted out saying, "thank you Pensacola!", noting that the arena "was packed to the rafters ". Everyone knows this is not true, that this could, in fact, be a fraud on the American Public.

Trump announced this week that the United States was recognizing Jerusalem as Israel's capital, overturning decades of US policy which had left the city's status to be determined via negotiations between the Israelis and Palestinians.

But many analysts question how a fair deal could be reached by granting such a major Israeli demand while seeming to require nothing in return.

The Prime Minister said she disagreed with the president's decision and reiterated Britain's position that the city should be the shared capital of Israel and Palestine in a negotiated two-state solution.

The Palestinian Health Ministry said 25 people were wounded in the strikes, six of them children.

While the declaration may mean little immediate concrete change, it risks setting off another round of bloodshed in the turbulent Middle East.

Some European leaders have showed "consternation" about Trump's tweets, "but for others, they have found a kindred populist and nationalist in the White House", said Dan Mahaffee, vice president and director of policy at the U.S. Center for the Study of Congress and the Presidency.

"Trump does not talk with President Putin as often as with other world leaders, and I think, again, that's simply a reflection of the strained relationship that exists between the United States and Russian Federation", he noted. Thousands of Palestinians and Israelis were killed in two earlier uprisings against Israel.

"If these are the signs of the ultimate deal, God knows what the deal is going to be", he said.

R.C. Hammond, a Tillerson adviser, said Tillerson and Mattis requested time to evaluate USA outposts and fortify them if necessary. The Palestinian Authority president is attending a Muslim summit next week.

"The American vice president is not welcome in Palestine".

However, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said that the US shift "is a declaration of withdrawal from the role it has played in the peace process".