Jerusalem - what is happening?

Dayan insisted there would be "no change on the ground", but Yousef Munayyer, the executive director of U.S. Campaign for Palestinian Rights, disagreed.

"As a practical matter, no embassy is constructed today anywhere in the world in shorter than three or four years - no embassy", a Trump administration official told the Washington Examiner.

"I think it reflects the popular will. After all, I think only six months ago, the Senate recognized, yet again, the centrality of Jerusalem to the state of Israel by a vote of 90-0", Mr. Friedman explained.

"Trump's decision will increase contention between Israel and the Arab world and further strain relations between Saudi Arabia and Israel", the piece said, adding that it could spark another wave of anti-Jewish, Israeli and American sentiment among religious extremist groups and nationalists.

The international community does not recognise Israeli sovereignty over the whole of Jerusalem, believing its status should be resolved in negotiations.

In a statement, Prime Minister Theresa may said she "disagrees" with Trump's decision, whihc she called "unhelpful in terms of prospects for peace in the region". Jawad Siam, a local leader in Silwan, an Arab district of Jerusalem, has harsh words for Mahmoud Abbas, the Palestinian president.

Jacobs also said that the White House should not undermine efforts toward making peace between Israel and the Palestinians by "making unilateral decisions that are all but certain to exacerbate the conflict".

"United Jerusalem is Arab and Muslim, and it is the capital of the state of Palestine, all of Palestine", he said, referring to territory including Israel as well as the Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip and the Israeli-occupied West Bank.

As President Trump said in his statement, the record of peace is not good.

The Israelis could not be happier. "It signals a severe blow to the Middle East peace process". Most analysts of the region - in rising alarm and panic - have suggested that moving the embassy or recognizing the capital of Israel was a chip to play, an inducement-and Trump just gave it away for free. In parallel, Israel has steadily expanded Jewish settlements on war-won lands, even as it said it wants to negotiate a deal.

A commentator in the pro-Hamas biweekly Al-Risalah echoes this: "We should reject the US and Israeli pressure, and move to enhance Palestinian national reconciliation until we achieve national unity".

The Simon Wiesenthal Center said that with his announcement, Trump "will right a historic wrong".

Trump announced Wednesday that the U.S. would recognize Jerusalem as the capital after similar promises from other presidents, both Democrats and Republicans, for decades. The latter have tunnel blindness and can't see the world as it is-dangerous for the rest of us because of their hobbies. President Obama, for all his hope, for all his support from journalists and common-sense analysts, left the Palestinians in the worst bargaining position they've ever had; not because of his policies regarding negotiations, but because of his general strategy in Middle East. After the Iran Deal and the Syrian civil war, the hardening of the Sunni states against Iranian hegemony has left the Palestinians with few allies and a hostile and restless region with bigger fish to fry; a region coming off a civil war which has created a refugee problem that deflection to Israel can't solve.

In the West Bank city of Bethlehem, shops by Manger Square - traditionally bustling before Christmas - were shut and the streets unusually quiet.

That is why all the countries in the region, especially Turkey, which heads the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), the European Union and the United Nations are reacting. That user added, however, that the world was counting on Israel to make sure that happens. Nor did that part of the city become part of Israel in 1948.

When, back in May this year, Donald Trump became the first sitting US President to visit the Western Wall, one of the holiest sites in Judaism, the Israelis were delighted. "I would have preferred he take the existing consulate or another government-owned building, put a sign on it and say this is the embassy, immediately". Sorry for the error. "It's not possible to understand what you are trying to get out of it", Erdogan said, referring to Trump in a speech to a group of workers at Ankara's airport.

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