Marcha 25, 2018

Jerusalem - what is happening?

08 Diciembre 2017, 12:09 | Gerardo Tarin

Decision on Jerusalem is long overdue, says Trump in Cabinet meeting

Trump to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital

Protests so far have been scattered and largely non-violent. But it will be hard from this point to get the Palestinians to return to the negotiations that they abandoned three years ago. Inside Gaza, thousands of Palestinians rallied, some chanting: "Death to America!"

In Iraq, powerful militia and political leaders vehemently condemned the move.

US President Donald Trump abruptly reversed decades of US policy yesterday and recognised Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, generating worldwide outrage, particularly from Palestinians and Muslim countries.

Russia considers a possible solution to be a Jerusalem that is the capital of two states: East Jerusalem as the capital of a future Palestinian state and West Jerusalem as the Israel capital.

Britain's Foreign Minister, Boris Johnson, who had already expressed concern about the U.S. decision, on Wednesday said it was now time for the Americans to present their peace plan for the region. "He asked to meet (Abbas) on the 19th of this month in Bethlehem, such a meeting will not take place", Jibril Rajoub said. It would be wonderful if tossing a self-serving monkey wrench - a sop to either Christian fundamentalists or Trump donor Sheldon Adelson, take your pick - kick-started peace talks instead of merely relieving President Trump of his obligation to sign yet another waiver to exempt the U.S. from a 1995 law requiring presidents to move the U.S. embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

Trump's decision jeopardises the United States' historical role as a mediator in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and frays relations with Arab allies.

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

Jerusalem, he went on, is the heart of Israel's successful democracy - the location of the Knesset, the Supreme Court, the Prime Minister's Office and the President's Residence, he further stressed.

He has no great domestic policy triumphs to his name, unless you count the economy's improvement as being down to him, which of course he and his supporters do. Israel's security is sacrosanct.

"I also think it's the best path for peace", he added.

And at worse it could lead to serious violence in many parts of the region.

Haniyeh called on Western-backed Abbas to withdraw from peacemaking with Israel and on Arabs to boycott the Trump administration. For the young Palestinians the anger was palpable, and raw. The 25-year-old living in Ramallah had a red and white keffiyah scarf wrapped around his mouth, making only his eyes visible.

The presidential visit, they said, implied recognition of Israeli sovereignty at the site. I recently read an article in a Jewish newspaper headlined: World Jews 'more worried about Charedim than Arabs'.

But his controversial decision didn't come out of nowhere.

"Trump is right: The world's refusal of 70 years to officially recognise Jerusalem as the capital of Israel has been a stupid mistake", says a commentator in Yedioth Ahronoth.

Jerusalem is a spectacularly combustible issue, which is why so many voices - not all of them hostile to Israel, by any means - urged Trump to leave it alone for now.

If we understood each other better, ensured we were there to back up each other when needed and were fully committed to each other's success, just imagine what we could achieve. "The claim that the speech harms the peace process is untenable, because there is no peace process".

Taliban insurgents in Afghanistan said the United States was "exposing its colonial ambition in Muslim territory".

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