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Jerusalem move could plunge the region in endless crisis — Erdogan

Israeli forces clash with Palestinian protesters near an Israeli checkpoint in the West Bank city of Bethlehem Israeli forces clash with Palestinian protesters near an Israeli checkpoint in the West Bank city of Bethlehem
Alejandro Castrejon | Diciembre 08, 2017, 00:11

Jerusalem's status has been contested for a millennia, its Old City home to religious sites of Muslims, Christians and Jews. It is non-negotiable. "It is clear that America will not 'rescue Israel from itself' and will not bring about the end of the occupation". "While previous presidents have made this a major campaign promise, they failed to deliver". But, he added, "I have delivered!". But make no mistake, that doesn't mean the decision is not an unwelcome provocation. Until 1967, Jerusalem was split between Israel and Jordan, and since that year's six-day war, it has been solely under Israeli control.

The U.N. voted last year to condemn Israel's settlement building in East Jerusalem and the West Bank.

For decades, American presidents and other representatives have met with their Israeli counterparts in Jerusalem, he noted. "This will have serious repercussions on the Arab and Islamic region". Nevertheless, it enhances Trump's image when we associate him with Truman; neither with a temperament to tolerate nonsense, nor the Welfare State.

U.S. officials, along with an outside adviser to the administration, said the president's speech was not aimed at resolving the conflict over Jerusalem.

Trump has tilted US policy toward Israel since taking office in January, considering it a strong ally.

"Jerusalem is a sensitive issue for all, so the Christian leaders, (following) the pope, are making an appeal to President Trump to be wise - there is a need for wisdom ... especially in such an explosive situation", he said.

The mere consideration of Trump changing the status quo sparked a renewed U.S. security warning on Tuesday. He told his supporters "to be ready for any orders". China and Russia expressed concern the plans could aggravate Middle East hostilities.

Another, in Maariv, says Trump "broke the fear barrier". Palestinian secular and Islamist factions have called for a general strike and rallies on Thursday.

UN chief Antonio Guterres said there was no alternative to the two-state solution, "There is no Plan B".

"You are in a key position to influence international reaction to this announcement and we are asking you to amplify the reality that Jerusalem is still a final status issue between Israelis and Palestinians and that the parties must resolve the dimensions of Israel's sovereignty in Jerusalem during their negotiations", it said.

The Israeli government will be thrilled.

But if Abbas did truly want to come to the negotiating table, there was nothing in Trump's Jerusalem address on Wednesday that closed the door on any of his ostensible goals. His predecessors, Bill Clinton, George W Bush and Barack Obama, had consistently put off that decision to avoid inflaming tensions in the Middle East.

Haniyeh called on Western-backed Abbas to withdraw from peacemaking with Israel and on Arabs to boycott the Trump administration.

"The very few people who still believed that the peace process moderated by Washington would result in a just peace - that is not going to happen", Munayyer said. "He destroyed the two-state solution", Saeb Erekat, who long served as the Palestinians top negotiator, told journalists.

"Mr. Trump, Jerusalem is the red line of Muslims", Turkey's President Tayyip Erdogan said Monday.

"Let December 8 be the first day of the intifada against the occupier", he said.

"It plays well with his base", Hooper said. "It would be better for us to wager on our political achievements and not on a third intifada". "We believe it is unhelpful in terms of prospects for peace in the region".