Middle East reacts to Trump’s decision on Jerusalem

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A view of the Western Wall and the Dome of the Rock, two of the most sacred places for Jews and Muslims, in the Old Quarter of Jerusalem, on Wednesday, December 6, 2017. TIMOTHY JENKINS / CONSPIRACY TALK NEWS photo

JERUSALEM (Conspiracy Talk News) – The Palestinians closed schools and shops and called for protests in the West Bank on Thursday as the leader of the armed Hamas group called for a new uprising, in a widespread demonstration of discontent over the recognition of the US President Donald Trump to the disputed city of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

Wednesday’s decision broke with decades of US strategy within Jerusalem and collides with years of international pledges to the Palestinians or promises for a negotiated solution to the fate of this city. The Palestinians claim Eastern Jerusalem, annexed by Israel in 1967, as their future capital.

There were no signs of serious violence at the moment. But on Friday, the Muslim holy day, it could be an important test when the Palestinians gather for mass prayers.

In the Gaza Strip, Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh called for a new uprising against Israel.

“The US decision is an aggression against our people and a war on our sanctuaries,” he said in a speech urging his followers to “be prepared for any order.”

“We want the uprising to last and continue, as for President Trump and the occupation, they will regret this decision,” Haniyeh said.

Hamas, a group that aspires to the destruction of Israel, killed hundreds of Israelis during an armed uprising in the early 2000, but its ability to attack is more limited now days. Israel has imposed a blockade on the Gaza Strip, the stronghold of the group, and many of Hamas supporters in the West Bank have been arrested.

Even so, Hamas has a large arsenal of rockets in Gaza capable of reaching many places inside Israel.

During the night there were spontaneous protests in Gaza in which protesters burned tires, American and Israeli flags and posters with the image of President Donald Trump.

The Israeli army said it would deploy additional troops in the West Bank by Friday and had put other contingents on alert to respond to “possible events.”

The different claims about Jerusalem, and especially about its historic neighborhood, where there are sacred places for Jews, Muslims and Christians, are a key piece of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Although Trump’s decision had no impact on the daily life of the city, it carries a deep symbolism and was interpreted as Donald Trump taking the side of Israel.

Israel, which claims all of Jerusalem as its capital, has celebrated President Trump’s decision. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Trump has “forever linked” to the history of the city and said other countries are looking to follow his example.

The indignation against the United States has traveled all around the Arab world.

Saudi Arabia’s King Salman and his influential son, condemned the decision of the Trump government in an unusual criticism of his American alley.

Saudi Arabia, a regional power that could help the White House reach an agreement in the Middle East, said on Thursday that the kingdom had already warned against that measure and that “it continues to express it’s deep sadness at the decision of the American Government of the United States”, which he described as” unjustified and irresponsible “.

Trump’s decision leaves the Sunni nation in a difficult position. The kingdom, and especially its powerful crown prince, Mohammad Bin Salman, who enjoys close relations with D. Trump and his son-in-law, Jared Kushner, who leads Washington’s efforts to revive the Middle East peace talks.

US embassies in much of the Middle East and parts of Africa warned American citizens of possible protests.

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas suggested that the United States had disqualified itself as a mediator between Israelis and Palestinians, a role it has exclusively exercised during more than two decades of intermittent negotiations on the formation of the Palestinian state with Israel.

The dialogue, stalled in recent years, has not brought the Palestinians closer to getting the state they want to form in the West Bank, the Gaza Strip and East Jerusalem, lands captured by Israel in the 1967 Middle East war. Meanwhile, Israel He has steadily expanded Jewish settlements in areas occupied after the war, despite his statements that he wanted to negotiate an agreement.

Trump’s claim on Wednesday that he is still seeking what he described as the “ultimate” agreement for the Middle East was met with growing skepticism.

“With this decision, the United States has isolated itself and Israel, and has pushed the area into a dangerous situation and halted the peace process,” said Nabil Abu Rdeneh, a senior adviser to Abbas. “Without a doubt, the decision will not help at all to solve the problems in the area, but it reinforces the extremists.”

Abás has not indicated what measures he will take. He planned to meet Thursday with his closest Arab ally, King Abdullah II of Jordan, to coordinate positions.

Jordan plays a key role in the growing controversy and, like other US allies within the region, has criticized President Trump’s decision on Jerusalem.

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