'Day of Rage': Violence erupts in Palestine following Trump declaration

Aaron Brown
December 12, 2017

On Dec. 6, United States President Donald Trump officially recognized Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

However, Tillerson's calculations are highly likely doomed as Brussels was unwilling to positively commit itself to the US regional and global agendas, deeply concerned about the leverage of the USA domestic issues on its foreign policy, the lacking of shared values between the two sides of the Atlantic and Tillerson's possible stepdown in the near future, said experts.

In the West Bank cities of Hebron and Al-Bireh, thousands of demonstrators rallied with chants of "Jerusalem is the capital of the State of Palestine", witnesses said. Mr. Trump's moves would be watched even more closely.

In Feb., U.S. President Donald Trump backed away from a decades-long policy of supporting a two-state solution in the Middle East.

Trump reversed decades of USA policy on Wednesday by recognising Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, imperilling Middle East peace efforts and upsetting the Arab world and Western allies alike. We call on all parties to remain committed to resolving disputes through negotiations and promoting regional peace and stability in accordance with the relevant United Nations resolutions.

Pope Francis has called for Jerusalem's status quo to be respected.

The future of Jerusalem had been central to all previous peace pushes and commentators and residents were united in their belief that negotiations could not begin if the Palestinians' claim to the holy city was no longer on the table.

The meeting was convened by eight of the 14 non-U.S. members of the council but was largely symbolic - no vote on a resolution was planned, as the US has veto power.

"The British Government must condemn this unsafe act and work for a just and viable settlement of the conflict".

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The global community does not recognise Israeli sovereignty over the whole of Jerusalem, believing its status should be resolved in negotiations. A military official, speaking on condition of anonymity under briefing guidelines, said troops were instructed to use minimal force and avoid live fire to avoid escalating tensions.

"To have the best chances of success, the peace process must be conducted in an atmosphere free from violence". Calling Jerusalem Israel's capital, he argued, was merely recognizing the obvious.

Kushner, the president's son-in-law, had supported the move from early in Trump's candidacy, and Pence, who is to visit Israel this month, told Trump that his base would love the decision, something the president liked to hear. Ismail Haniyeh, head of Hamas, the Palestinian militant group that controls the coastal enclave, had called for today to be a "day of rage" and said Mr Trump's announcement proved the fruitlessness of peace talks with... However, it had barely been raised in recent years as energies had been diverted to other regional crises, and support in Riyadh and the Gulf states for the Palestinian leadership had ebbed.

He said the issue of Jerusalem must be resolved through direct negotiations between Israelis and Palestinians.

"In this moment of great anxiety, I want to make it clear: There is no alternative to the two-state solution. There is no Plan B".

Seventeen people have already been wounded by Israeli army gunfire, medics said, when Palestinian protests erupted in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip on Thursday.

For its part, Iran will seize upon Trump's move to show itself the defender of Muslims - and Saudi Arabia can not be seen as acting any less forceful in its opposition to recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital.

Trump's statement, according to several officials, was carefully constructed not to touch on any of the "final-status" issues of an Israeli-Palestinian peace, including the possibility of two states, with borders yet to be determined, and a Palestinian capital in East Jerusalem.

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