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Mohamed Hadid on Trump Jerusalem as Israel's Capital? It's A Sad Day

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Tobias Pedroso | 07 Diciembre, 2017, 17:22

Hamas said Trump's decision would "open the gates of hell" on US interests in the region.

The move was widely expected and was a campaign pledge made by Trump ahead of his election in 2016.

Dr. Reagan also said that all those who refused to accept God and Jesus would be "consigned to death" while those who accepted him would live for a thousand years.

A wounded Palestinian protester is evacuated during clashes with Israeli troops at a protest against U.S. President Donald Trump's decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, near the border with Israel in the southern Gaza Strip December 7, 2017.

Trump said he has instructed the State Department to build a new US embassy in the historic city.

Egypt reiterated that such unilateral decision violates the international legitimacy, adding the decision will not change the legal status of Jerusalem as an occupied city. "Today, I am delivering".

The impact of the decision - and incentives for Palestinians to continue negotiations - will become clearer when Kushner's team formally unveils an Israeli-Palestinian peace plan next year, the officials said.

King Salman of Saudi Arabia told Trump a decision on Jerusalem before a final peace deal would hurt talks and increase regional tensions. However, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said Wednesday that the U.S. shift "is a declaration of withdrawal from the role it has played in the peace process".

Bush, even Barack Obama on the morning after claiming the Democratic nomination, spoke to members of a pro-Israel lobby and pledged, "Jerusalem will remain the capital of Israel, and it must remain undivided". There was little in Trump's statement to encourage the Palestinians. At a White House dinner in the spring, Adelson made the issue a main topic, one person said.

Some were more guarded in their satisfaction.

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani slammed the move as "illegal" and would further destabilise the Middle East, holding Israel "responsible for all the insecurity and instability" in the region.

R.C. Hammond, a Tillerson adviser, said Tillerson and Mattis requested time to evaluate U.S. outposts and fortify them if necessary. "We were hoping to dance in the street, but we are dancing in our hearts".

Once Trump indicated 10 days ago that he would not sign a second waiver, national security adviser H.R. McMaster began putting together options that officials assessed would result in the least damage.

Trump acted under a 1995 law that requires the United States to move its embassy to Jerusalem.

During a phone conversation with his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Wednesday, Rouhani called on Islamic states to join hands in opposing the "dangerous" move. The blowback was swift. The ancient city - the home of major Jewish, Muslim and Christian holy sites - has often been the center of Mideast tensions for decades. All have described the Jerusalem decision as a step backward in the peace process. It is of no benefit.

"His stated desire for doing the 'ultimate deal' is now a casualty of his own policy naivete", Kurtzer said.

Ruth Lieberman, a political consultant, said she has been busy organizing groups to celebrate on social media. Even America's closest allies in Europe questioned the wisdom of Trump's departure from the past U.S. position, which was studiously neutral over the sovereignty of the city. White House officials say a key test will come later this month: whether Abbas cancels his planned meeting with Pence. Nothing Trump did yesterday makes the prospects for peace any more or less likely.

They repeatedly emphasized what had not changed after the president's announcement, rather than what had.

The question is especially acute because there are so many potential downsides.

"Jerusalem is a unique city, sacred to Jews, Christians and Muslims, where the Holy Places for the respective religions are venerated, and it has a special vocation to peace", he said.

When another donor criticized the timing of the decision, Trump seemed taken aback.