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Global protests after Trump recognises Jerusalem as Israel's capital

Umno Youth Chief Khairy Jamaluddin with his deputy chief Khairul Azwan Harun were among those who were present. Pic by MOHAMAD SHAHRIL BADRI SAALI Umno Youth Chief Khairy Jamaluddin with his deputy chief Khairul Azwan Harun were among those who were present. Pic by MOHAMAD SHAHRIL BADRI SAALI
Eduardo Anchondo | Diciembre 07, 2017, 17:23

"He pulled the trigger, Trump pulled the trigger". "He said there would be criticism of him, but that he wanted to keep his promise".

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. "The decision of the American president to recognise Jerusalem as Israel's capital and the transfer of the US embassy to this city constitutes a violation of decisions of international law and the United Nations charter", said government spokesman Mohamed Momani. He described Jerusalem as the "eternal capital" of the Palestinian people, and said that wouldn't change. "Today, I am delivering". "We want an agreement that is a great deal for the Israelis and a great deal for the Palestinians".

A general view of The Dome of the Rock Mosque at the Al Aqsa Mosque compound, known by the Jews as the Temple Mount, is seen from the Mount of Olives in east Jerusalem.

Speaking in a televised address immediately after Trump's speech, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said the U.S. decision rewarded Israel for its occupation and that the "reprehensible" act undermined all peace efforts.

That decision reset the clock to the next twice-yearly waiver deadline, which fell this week. Trump's controversial move is expected to enrage the Muslim world, which has warned of serious consequences.

The status of Jerusalem - home to sites holy to the Muslim, Jewish and Christian religions - is one of the thorniest obstacles to reaching a peace deal between Israel and the Palestinians. There was little in Trump's statement to encourage the Palestinians. Jerusalem includes the holiest ground in Judaism.

Some were more guarded in their satisfaction. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Secretary of Defense James Mattis recommended against the move. Islamic Jihad, the second-largest militant group in Gaza, called the U.S. decision a declaration of war.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu hailed Trump's announcement as a "historic landmark" and urged other countries also to move their embassies in Israel 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. We are not taking a position on any final status issues, including specific boundaries of the Israeli sovereignty in Jerusalem, or the resolution of contested borders. The official anticipated there would be a "cooling-off" period.

The president called on the region to take his message calmly. The blowback was swift.

Large crowd joined the demonstration as they marched towards the United States embassy in Jalan Tun Razak. Pic by MOHAMAD SHAHRIL BADRI SAALI
Large crowd joined the demonstration as they marched towards the United States embassy in Jalan Tun Razak. Pic by MOHAMAD SHAHRIL BADRI SAALI

His decision on Jerusalem fulfils a campaign promise and will please Republican conservatives and evangelicals who make up a sizeable portion of his base of support. Calling Jerusalem Israel's capital, he argued, was merely recognizing the obvious. It is of no benefit.

Senior administration officials had confirmed the president's intentions Tuesday evening.

Trump also notified Jordanian King Abdullah II, a stalwart ally, in a similar call.

Trump boasts of being a consummate dealmaker, but dealmakers don't usually make concessions before negotiations begin, as the president has here.

One Palestinian was wounded by army fire, medics said.

The U.S. position has long been that the city's status should be settled in negotiations between the two sides. White House officials say a key test will come later this month: whether Abbas cancels his planned meeting with Pence.

Prime Minister Theresa May said the British government disagreed with Trump's decision, saying it was "unhelpful" for peace efforts.

They repeatedly emphasized what had not changed after the president's announcement, rather than what had. Palestinians want the capital of an independent Palestinian state to be in the city's eastern sector, which Israel captured in a 1967 war and illegally occupied in a move never recognised internationally.

Clinton and Bush even promised to move the U.S. Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.