Octubre 22, 2018

Trump worsens Mideast peace prospects with embassy move — Editorial

08 Diciembre 2017, 12:06 | Bibiana Flor

Sputnik Issam Al-RimawiHarvest of Anguish Two Dead Hundreds Injured in Palestine's'Day of Rage Against Trump's Jerusalem Decision

Participants in a protest in Palestine against the decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel

Protests so far have been scattered and largely non-violent. Most of the Palestinian population in the region is Sunni Muslim. Inside Gaza, thousands of Palestinians rallied, some chanting: "Death to America!"

In Iraq, powerful militia and political leaders vehemently condemned the move.

President Donald Trump announced the recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital on Wednesday, triggering immediate condemnation and concern from leaders in the Middle East and around the world.

Since Palestinians also consider Jerusalem their capital, any policy that appears to favor the Israelis' claim over the Palestinians' is extremely contentious. In 1980 Israel declared a united Jerusalem as its capital.

Without preconditions, Mr Trump recognised Jerusalem as the historic capital of the Jewish people, "established in ancient times", and the seat of Israel's government.

"While I recognise that you will publicly welcome this news, I ask that you restrain your official response", the document dated 6 December said in talking points for diplomats at the US Embassy in Tel Aviv to convey to Israeli officials.

Abbas said the Jerusalem decision should serve as an incentive for Palestinian factions to end their division and unite.

The Israelis could not be happier.

Of course, he hopes to sell more weapons to the countries in the region because of the tension that would arise in the meantime. As a first step, the Palestinians asked the U.N. Security Council to demand that the U.S. decision be rescinded. Abbas responded by warning Trump that the move would have "dangerous consequences", according to the Palestinian president's spokesman. "We believe the only realistic solution to the conflict between Israel and Palestine is based on two states and with Jerusalem as the capital of both".

"You know that this is a unique Administration". Israel's security is sacrosanct. The U.S. labels Hamas a terrorist organization.

'We want the uprising to last and continue to let Trump and the occupation regret this decision, ' Haniyeh says. He stressed: "we are not taking a position on any final status issues, including the specific boundaries of the Israeli sovereignty in Jerusalem, or the resolution of contested borders".

With healthcare still stuck in the long grass, with the wall unbuilt and various immigration policies still bogged down in legal argument, he needs to tick some boxes. He said he would comment further later in the day.

The state TV's website quoted Ayatollah Ali Khamenei as saying that "the victory will ultimately be for the Islamic nation and Palestine". No other country has its embassy in Jerusalem.

Trump's decision fulfils a campaign promise and will please Republican conservatives and evangelicals who make up a sizeable portion of his domestic support.

"Despite media portrayals giving the impression that evangelicals have one point of view when it comes to Israel, in reality there is a wide range of perspectives", Gary Burge, an evangelical New Testament scholar wrote in the Atlantic.

Trump supporters love to see his bull-in-the-china-shop routine, but even they must appreciate that this is the wrong venue for such antics.

Major US allies came out against Mr Trump's reversal of decades of US and broad international policy on Jerusalem.

America's consulate in Jerusalem ordered U.S. personnel and their families to avoid visiting Jerusalem's Old City or the West Bank, and urged American citizens in general to avoid places with increased police or military presence.

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