Donald Trump not averse to dangerous gamble with Jerusalem recognition

Jueves, 07 Dic, 2017

"The recognition by the U.S. and other countries will make clear to Palestinians that they must accept the existence of Israel and must conduct real negotiations of peace with Israel", said Intelligence Minister Israel Katz. The US State Department also issued a travel warning, urging government employees and their families not to visit Jerusalem's Old City or the West Bank.

Both Israelis and Palestinians lay claim to Jerusalem, but Israel has controlled the city since 1967.

US President Donald Trump's decision to recognise Jerusalem has been widely condemned.

Among the landmarks are the Palace of Peace and Harmony - a concrete and glass pyramid designed by Norman Foster that boasts a 1,500-seat opera venue.

While officials in the Trump administration have said that some of these moves could jump-start peace, Ashrawi grimaced and said they would instead "scuttle peace". Nir Barkat, the city's mayor, said on Wednesday "here in Jerusalem and Israel we applaud the president" and if people became violent "they will pay a heavy price".

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.

Israelis and Palestinians reacted in starkly different terms.

He isn't planning to use the phrase "undivided capital", according to the officials.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu hailed Mr Trump's announcement as an "important step towards peace", and Israeli opposition leaders echoed his praise. And so he has taken the opportunity.

Another country - Myanmar (formerly Burma) - also has a remote capital city, and its one is four times the size of London.

It has been fought over for millennia by its inhabitants, by invading Romans, Crusaders, Ottomans and the British Empire, and by the modern states of Israel and its Arab neighbours.

Though Mr. Trump is announcing his intent to move the embassy on Thursday, he will still sign the current waiver which puts off formally moving the compound.

In anticipation of Trump's announcement, Palestinian political factions called for three days of demonstrations against the move and called for widespread protests in city centers and at Israeli embassies.

Meanwhile, Kalın also stated that Erdoğan and German Chancellor Angela Merkel recently discussed the situation of Adil Öksüz, a fugitive key suspect in connection to Turkey's July 2016 coup attempt.

While number two House Democrat Steny Hoyer, a staunch Israel supporter, said Jerusalem as capital of the Jewish state is "a fact of history that cannot be denied", the party's leader offered words of warning.

He said President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan was holding phone conversations with heads of states regarding the issue. Several peace plans have unravelled in the past decades over the issue of how to divide sovereignty or oversee holy sites in Jerusalem.

In a speech in Washington, Trump said he had decided to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital and move the US embassy to the city.

In a frantic series of calls, the leaders of Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Jordan, the European Union, France, Germany and Turkey all warned Trump against the move.

Israel is bracing for demonstrations in the West Bank, the Gaza Strip and East Jerusalem ahead of US President Donald Trump's expected plan to move the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, and to recognize Jerusalem as the Jewish state's capital.

"Jerusalem is the capital of the State of Israel and the location of the US Embassy should reflect this fact", Cardin said.

The state TV's website quoted Ayatollah Ali Khamenei as saying that "the victory will ultimately be for the Islamic nation and Palestine".