Octubre 22, 2018

How are they chosen and what do they represent — Capital cities

07 Diciembre 2017, 06:25 | Bibiana Flor

How are they chosen and what do they represent — Capital cities

How are they chosen and what do they represent — Capital cities

"Canada is a steadfast ally and friend of Israel and friend to the Palestinian people", said Adam Austen, a spokesman for Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland.

Protests have broken out and the Palestinian Islamist group Hamas is calling for a "day of rage" in the region.

On Tuesday, the White House cast the move as an acknowledgement of the "current reality", since the majority of Israel's government is located in Jerusalem.

Some optimists think that Trump could lessen the harm of a decision on Jerusalem by making clear he will not prejudge the future of East Jerusalem or other core questions like the borders of a Palestinian state. Iranian-backed forces have several times attacked or imperiled US forces operating in the Middle East.

Trump's decision Wednesday to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital and direct the State Department to begin moving the embassy there comes after months during which Trump's peace team has focused on meeting with Israelis and Palestinians, gathering ideas and building relationships. They also waved Palestinian flags and banners proclaiming Jerusalem as their "eternal capital", language that Israelis similarly use.

Gov. Rick Scott, who currently is Israel for a trade mission, filmed a video message Wednesday in front of the Western Wall.

Trump in the speech endorsed the concept of a "two-state solution" for Israel and the Palestinians, provided both sides agree to it. Seven protesters were wounded by live fire, one was in a critical condition, the health ministry said.

But some analysts doubt Trump really wants a peace agreement and say any possible proposal may be intended as political cover so Israel and the Sunni Arabs, once enemies, can intensify their incipient collaboration against Iran. But the group's capabilities are more limited now.

Astana - which became the capital of Kazakhstan in 1997 - is a a gleaming futuristic playground and a totem to the ambitions of authoritarian president Nursultan Nazarbayev, who has ruled since 1991. In Gaza, hundreds of Palestinian protesters burned American and Israeli flags, the Associated Press reported. Instead, it seems to me that Jerusalem's actual residents have at least this in common: They love the city more than they wish to shape it in their image.

An Ultra Orthodox Jewish man holds a shofar (ram's horn) with the golden Dome of the Rock Islamic shrine behind on December 6, 2017 in Jerusalem, Israel.

In addition, Ankara has been angered by the United States' refusal to extradite U.S. -based Muslim cleric Fethullah Gulen, whom it accuses of orchestrating last year's attempted military coup.

Tillerson was concerned about the implications of the policy change for the peace process, and Mattis about a potential backlash and resulting security threats, one person familiar with the matter said.

Trump's move puts the Sunni nation in a bind.

Soon after his inauguration, Trump assigned Kushner and Greenblatt to try to re-start stalled peace talks between the Israelis and Palestinians.

Will the American President's decision inflame Middle East tensions?

The city - home to holy sites for Jews, Christians and Muslims - is a unique and symbolic place, and its status is one of the key issues that divide Israel and the Palestinians. "I judge this course of action to be in the best interests of the US and the pursuit of peace between Israel and the Palestinians".

"Its heresy, nonsense", said Majdi Busaileh, 43, as he watched.

"His decision wasn't meant to help (the peace team). Jerusalem has been the capital of the Jewish people for 3,000 years".

In the West Bank cities of Hebron and Al-Bireh, thousands of demonstrators rallied with chants of "Jerusalem is the capital of the State of Palestine", witnesses said.

The president called on the region to take his message calmly.

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