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US to recognise Jerusalem as Israel's capital in world first 1 week 5 days ago #2874983

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The Saudi king had said the recognition of Jerusalem would be "a flagrant provocation to Muslims".


Why the city of Jerusalem mattersUS President Donald Trump will unilaterally recognise Jerusalem as Israel's capital, senior administration officials say.
But the officials said Mr Trump would not immediately move the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.
The news comes ahead of an expected speech by Mr Trump on Wednesday.
Arab leaders earlier warned against moving the US embassy in Israel to Jerusalem, with one saying this would be "a flagrant provocation to Muslims".
The status of Jerusalem - a holy site for Israelis and Palestinians - is extremely contentious.

Israel has always regarded Jerusalem as its capital city, while the Palestinians claim East Jerusalem as the capital of a future Palestinian state.
In recognising Jerusalem as Israel's capital, the US becomes the first country to do so since the foundation of the state in 1948.
What has the US just announced? The Trump administration officials said recognising Jerusalem as Israel's capital was seen "a recognition of reality[/img] However, specific boundaries of the city would remain subject to a final status agreement, the official said. The status of holy sites will not be affected.
Mr Trump also would direct the state department to begin the process of moving the US embassy to Jerusalem - but this could take several years.
He promised the move to pro-Israel voters during his campaign for the presidency. The US officials added that the president would be signing a regular waiver blocking the embassy's move from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem until the new building was completed.
Ahead of his formal announcement, Mr Trump phoned several regional leaders to tell them he intended to move the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.
What's been the world reaction?
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Palestinian protesters burned pictures of Donald Trump on Tuesday Before the confirmation of the US move, Saudi Arabia's King Salman bin Abdulaziz al-Saud told Mr Trump that the relocation of the embassy or recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital "would constitute a flagrant provocation of Muslims, all over the world".
The White House said the president spoke to Middle East leaders including Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Tuesday.
Among the reaction from those leaders:
  • Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas warned "of the dangerous consequences such a decision would have to the peace process and to the peace, security and stability of the region and of the world"
  • Jordan's King Abdullah said the decision would "undermine efforts to resume the peace process" and provoke Muslims. Jordan acts as custodian of the Islamic sites in Jerusalem
  • Egypt's President Abdul Fattah al-Sisi urged Mr Trump "not to complicate the situation in the region"
US government employees and their families have been barred from personal travel in Jerusalem's Old City and the West Bank for security reasons ahead of planned protests.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan warned his country could sever ties with Israel if the US recognised Jerusalem as its capital.
And Ismail Haniya, the chief of the Islamist Hamas group that runs Gaza, said a shift of the embassy and recognition of Jerusalem as the Israeli capital would cross "every red line". France, the European Union and the Arab League have also expressed concern.
Israel's intelligence minister Israel Katz told Army Radio that Israel was "preparing for every option", including an outbreak of violence.
What is so contentious about Jerusalem's status? The issue goes to the heart of Israel's conflict with the Palestinians, who are backed by the rest of the Arab and wider Islamic world.
The city is home to key religious sites sacred to Judaism, Islam and Christianity, especially in East Jerusalem.
Israel occupied the sector, previously occupied by Jordan, in the 1967 Middle East war and regards the entire city as its indivisible capital.
The Palestinians claim East Jerusalem as the capital of a future state, and according to 1993 Israel-Palestinian peace accords, its final status is meant to be discussed in the latter stages of peace talks.
Israeli sovereignty over Jerusalem has never been recognised internationally, and all countries, including Israel's closest ally the US, maintain their embassies in Tel Aviv.
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Israel sees Jerusalem as its indivisible capital; Palestinians claim East Jerusalem as the capital of a future state Since 1967, Israel has built a dozen settlements, home to about 200,000 Jews, in East Jerusalem. These are considered illegal under international law, though Israel disputes this.
If the US recognises Jerusalem as Israel's capital, it would reinforce Israel's position that settlements in the east are valid Israeli communities.
Why is this happening now? Analysis by Barbara Plett-Usher, state department correspondent
By recognising Jerusalem as Israel's capital President Trump is fulfilling a campaign promise. There is no other obvious reason he's doing this now.
Administration officials said he would simply be acknowledging reality - that Jerusalem functions as Israel's capital. They said the decision would not determine final status issues such as boundaries and sovereignty - that's still left to negotiations.
On other core issues of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, Arab and Muslim leaders might be able to work with changes in the US approach. But Jerusalem is also holy land, not just a disputed capital.
Jordan and Saudi Arabia are custodians of Islam's holy sites and have issued strong warnings that this move could inflame the Muslim world. There's also no indication that this is a bargaining chip to advance the peace process: according to the officials, Trump's not expected to publicly endorse a two-state solution.
It sounds like the Palestinians will get nothing. Perhaps there is a wider strategy at work, but it looks like a workaround so the president can satisfy his pro-Israel voters.

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Trump's proposals could easily lead to serious trouble in the Middle East.
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Serious trouble indeed and so unnecessary as it is reported he still intends to sign the waiver that will prevent the actual Embassy being moved for some time yet, perhaps for years. So a lot of agitation for absolutely no gain, though he will say he's kept another campaign promise. No actual policy advisors or middle east experts were consulted, the was no consultation with other countries that may be impacted, he just told them this was what he was going to do, that's what allies do after all. He has clearly dealt the US out of playing any role if and when talks on a permanent peace process recommence so overall a completely illogical, insensitive and downright stupid thing to do.
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He seems set on picking fights . Why does he do this? Is it to show how mighty he is? Maybe he does have a wider strategy.
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Mr Trump is more suited to running a market stall than the premier democratic country of the world. He appears to have about as much political wisdom as a just picked potato. He seems intent on plunging the Middle East into more turmoil if not all out war. A real threat to world peace IMO.
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Jerusalem is the Jewish people's capital city its biblical, spoken about 3000 yrs ago
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Frankie wrote: Jerusalem is the Jewish people's capital city its biblical, spoken about 3000 yrs ago

Its prolly one of the reasons God put Trump in

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It is to cause as much damage as quickly and broadly as he can. Massive distraction techniques.
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The Palestinians give a warning on President Trump's plan to recognise the city as Israel's capital.


Why the city of Jerusalem mattersAn expected announcement by President Donald Trump that the US will become the first country to recognise Jerusalem as Israel's capital has been dubbed a "kiss of death[/img] But an Israeli minister urged other countries to follow the US lead.
Mr Trump is expected to confirm the decision in a speech later.
Pope Francis called for the status quo in Jerusalem to be respected, in line with United Nations resolutions.
Mr Trump will also start the process of moving the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

The decision - which would fulfil a campaign promise and appeal to Mr Trump's right-wing base - risks a heated reaction from US allies in the Muslim world and brings a risk of protests and unrest.
It also makes it difficult for the US to be seen as a neutral mediator in the Middle East peace process.
East Jerusalem was annexed from Jordan after the 1967 war in the Middle East, and is not recognised by other countries as part of Israel.
Israel has always regarded Jerusalem as its capital, while the Palestinians want East Jerusalem to be the capital of a future Palestinian state.
In recognising Jerusalem as Israel's capital, the US would be reversing its own longstanding policy that the status of the holy city would need to be resolved as part of Middle East peace talks.
The Palestinians' representative to the UK, Manuel Hassassian, told the BBC that the changes to US policy on Jerusalem amounted to a "kiss of death" for the two-state solution in peace efforts and were like a "declaration of war".


Palestinian general delegate to UK tells Today Trump's planned acknowledgement of Jerusalem as capital is 'declaring war'Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has yet to comment officially but Education Minister Naftali Bennett described it as a "big step towards regional peace[/img] Theresa May said she would speak to Mr Trump about the US move.
The UK's position on Jerusalem had not changed, the Prime Minister told Parliament. The city's status should be the subject of negotiation and it should be the shared capital of Israel and a Palestinian state, she added. What is so contentious about Jerusalem's status? The issue goes to the heart of Israel's conflict with the Palestinians, who are backed by the Arab and wider Islamic world.
The city is home to key religious sites sacred to Judaism, Islam and Christianity, especially in East Jerusalem.

Israel annexed the sector from Jordan after the 1967 Middle East war and regards the entire city as its indivisible capital.
According to the 1993 Israel-Palestinian peace accords, its final status is meant to be discussed in the latter stages of talks.
Israeli sovereignty over Jerusalem has never been recognised internationally and all countries maintain their embassies in Tel Aviv.
Since 1967, Israel has built a dozen settlements, home to about 200,000 Jews, in East Jerusalem. These are considered illegal under international law, though Israel disputes this.
In recognising Jerusalem as Israel's capital, the US could reinforce Israel's position that settlements in the east are valid Israeli communities.
What is the US proposing? Trump administration officials said recognising Jerusalem as Israel's capital was an acknowledgment of "historical and current reality" by the US government.
However, specific boundaries of the city would remain subject to a final status agreement, the officials said. The status of holy sites would not be affected. Mr Trump would also direct the state department to begin the process of moving the US embassy to Jerusalem - but this could take several years as it still has to be designed and built, and security concerns would need to be addressed.
The US officials added that the president would still sign a regular waiver blocking the embassy's move from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem until the new building was completed.
Successive presidents have signed waivers on the grounds of national security for the 1995 Jerusalem Embassy Act , which mandates moving the embassy.
Mr Trump has vowed to pursue a peace agreement between Israelis and Palestinians, led by his son-in-law and top adviser, Jared Kushner.
An administration official said the new US policy on Jerusalem was not designed to favour Israel in that process.
What other reaction has there been? Image copyright AFP
Palestinian protesters burned pictures of Donald Trump on Tuesday
  • Saudi Arabia, an ally of the US, called the new policy "a flagrant provocation to Muslims"
  • Hamas leader Ismail Haniya said recognition crossed "all red lines"
  • China warned against escalating tensions in the Middle East
  • Jordan's King Abdullah said the decision would "undermine efforts to resume the peace process"
  • Egypt's President Abdul Fattah al-Sisi urged Mr Trump "not to complicate the situation in the region"
  • Turkey called for a summit of Muslim countries in December to discuss the developments
  • Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said "Muslims must stand united against this major plot"
Source of frustration Analysis by Yolande Knell, BBC News, Jerusalem
Israeli leaders will see Mr Trump's announcements as correcting an historic injustice.
It has long been a source of frustration that the US, Israel's closest ally, does not have its embassy in Jerusalem or formally recognise Israeli sovereignty over the city - which is the seat of its government and has 3,000 years of Jewish history.
But Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas - like other Arab leaders - is warning Mr Trump's moves will jeopardise efforts to broker peace talks and achieve what he has called the "ultimate deal".
The Palestinians want occupied East Jerusalem as the capital of their future state, and in the past even small changes - particularly at the al-Aqsa Mosque compound, known to Jews as Temple Mount - have led to violence.
Already the Islamist group, Hamas, has warned that the US could trigger a new Palestinian uprising.

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The strutting peacock that is Donald Trump is centre of the world's stage again, spoiling for a fight.
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