Trump’s Jerusalem decision evokes mixed reaction

Trump’s Jerusalem decision evokes mixed reaction

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NEW YORK (TIP): While US envoy to the United Nations Nikki Haley has hailed President Trump’s decision on Jerusalem as a “courageous” and “historic” step by recognizing Jerusalem as Israel‘s
 capital, Hamas has urged Palestinians to abandon peace efforts and 
launch a new uprising against Israel in response to US President Donald Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as its capital.

recognized Jerusalem as Israel’s capital December 6, reversing decades 
of US and international policy on the holy city, in a major announcement
 which many Arab leaders warned could trigger an upheaval in the already
 volatile Middle East.

 Haley said that for 22 years, there had been an overwhelming bipartisan
 consensus in favor of moving the US embassy in Israel to its rightful 
place in the Israeli capital city of Jerusalem.

Thursday, the President took a courageous and historic step that was 
long overdue. Across the globe, America has its embassy in the capital 
city of the host country. Israel will now be no different. It is the 
just and right thing to do,” she said, December 6.

“This is
 following members of Congress. This is doing what the American people 
said. But we are also taking Jerusalem out of the discussion because the
 two sides have to come together on how they’re going to see Jerusalem, 
what they’re going to see as their capital,” she said.

Haley said several top American lawmakers have described Trump’s decision as “provocative” and “counterproductive”.

In a 
joint statement Congressmen David Price, Peter Welch, John Yarmuth, 
Barbara Lee and Earl Blumenauer said Trump’s announcement demonstrates 
“his complete disregard” for long-standing American and international 
diplomatic practice.

unilaterally undermines prospects for a peaceful resolution to the 
Israeli-Palestinian conflict and recklessly endangers US, Israeli, and 
regional security. For more than 50 years, Republican and Democratic 
Administrations have recognized that the US should stand as a good faith
 arbiter for peace between the Israelis and the Palestinians,” they 

lawmakers said that recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel 
outside the framework of a final status agreement between the parties 
does more to sabotage than to advance peace.

Congressman Alcee Hastings warned that the ramifications of the decision could be profound.

“I fear that the President made his decision based on political expediency rather than sound foreign policy,” he said.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu,
 who hailed Trump’s announcement as a “historic landmark”, said on 
December 6, many countries would follow the US move and contacts were 
underway. He did not name the countries he was referring to. “President 
Trump has immortalized himself in the chronicles of our capital. His 
name will now be held aloft, alongside other names connected to the 
glorious history of Jerusalem and of our people,” he said in a speech at
 Israel’s Foreign Ministry.

should call for and we should work on launching an intifada (Palestinian
 uprising) in the face of the Zionist enemy,” Hamas leader Ismail 
Haniyeh said in a speech in Gaza. Haniyeh, elected the group’s overall 
leader in May, urged Palestinians, Muslims and Arabs to hold rallies 
against the US decision on Friday, calling it a “day of rage”.


Al-Qidwa, an aide to Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and senior 
official in his Fatah party, urged Palestinians to stage protests but 
said they should be peaceful.

 has not made any comment so far. 


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