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Palestinians call general strike, rallies to protest Trump Jerusalem move

07 Diciembre 2017, 06:39 | Bibiana Flor

It will take years to relocate the US embassy which is currently in Tel Aviv Credit AFP

It will take years to relocate the US embassy which is currently in Tel Aviv

President Donald Trump will officially recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital on Wednesday and will direct the State Department to begin planning to relocate the U.S. Embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. The planned demonstrations come as nations around the world condemn Trump's decision.

French President Emmanuel Macron said he did not support Trump's "unilateral" move.

In international law, Israel does not have a right to all of Jerusalem.

Bolivia, Egypt, France, Italy, Senegal, Sweden, the United Kingdom and Uruguay want a meeting by the end of the week, the Swedish mission to the 15-member body said.

Israel considers Jerusalem its eternal and indivisible capital and wants all embassies based there.

Palestinians see it very differently.

"For Israel, it's not controversial", he said.

This windswept city in the frozen steppe was briefly called Akmola but changed to Astana because the former means "white grave".

George Washington chose the exact spot on the Potomac River and the rest is history.

The capital needs to be protected, but also able to exert control and project unity.

But he was met at the summit by defiant allies who were already disappointed in the U.S. for pulling out of the Paris Climate accord and failing to certify the Iran deal.

In Jabaliya refugee camp in the northern Gaza Strip, hundreds of Palestinians turned out to demonstrate against the decision, which risks inflaming tensions in the region.

"Mr. Trump, Jerusalem is the red line of Muslims", Turkey's President Tayyip Erdogan said Monday. "Its suffering is making me burn from within".

Deadly confrontations also took place in July this year after Israel installed metal detectors at the entrance to the complex following the killing of two Israeli policemen there by Arab-Israeli gunmen.

Unlike the deeply divided Washington of today, the founding of the US capital in Washington DC in 1790 was grounded in political compromise. Israeli police and military are also preparing for demonstrations near the American embassy in Tel Aviv.

In the Sykes Picot agreement during WW I, Jerusalem was given to Russia. And so he has taken the opportunity. "I will do everything in my power to support the Israeli and Palestinian leaders to return to meaningful negotiations".

Harsh objections came from a wide array of presidents and prime ministers.

In 2000, the Israeli politician Ariel Sharon, then opposition leader, led a group of Israeli lawmakers onto the Temple Mount/al-Haram al-Sharif complex.

When British rule ended in 1948, Jordanian forces occupied the Old City and Arab East Jerusalem. The Palestinians and other Arabs rejected the partition as grossly unfair. Palestinians lament the corrupt and autocratic leadership that now plagues the PA, which many see as just doing Israel's bidding and further entrenching the occupation, with the international community's backing.

I am not sure that was ever the White House thinking.

"On the issue of Palestinian territories, their hands are tied & they can't achieve their goals", he said. "It will [undermine] the foundation for peace and will light the wick of new works", Erdoğan said, adding that peace and security in the Middle East cannot be sacrificed for the sake of domestic politics. He will continue to sign the waiver until preparations for the embassy move are complete. The U.S. has consular offices in Jerusalem, but it's unlikely that they would be suitable for a permanent embassy.

"The president offered this major American concession of 70 years that no one else was willing to make and he appears to have gotten nothing in return", he said. "The whole world is reacting, and the whole world is against the possibility of this decision".

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