"Realities on the ground" about Jerusalem decision debated

Amir Cohen  Reuters
The U.S. Embassy in Tel Aviv would be shut down in favor of a site in East Jerusalem

Amir Cohen Reuters The U.S. Embassy in Tel Aviv would be shut down in favor of a site in East Jerusalem

A Jihadist Salafi group in Gaza called the Al-Tawheed Brigades - which does not heed the call from the enclave's dominant force, Hamas, to desist from firing rockets - claimed responsibility for the launches.

In a familiar scene, at a checkpoint in Ramallah, protesters chucked homemade Molotov cocktails and used slingshots to send rocks flying across the makeshift front line toward the Israeli military.

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

He added that any peace accord with the Palestinians would have to include Jerusalem as Israel's capital and he urged other countries to follow Mr Trump's example.

From the 30-year-old Charedi lady in Mea Shearim who started her own small furniture business to support her family of seven as well as young boy she had adopted, to the Israeli Arab in Nazareth who ran a small delicatessen working 12 hours a day to make an honest living supporting herself and her family, to the young Ethiopian man who against all odds managed to obtain a university education and is now a manager of a large retail branch of one of the banks in Tel Aviv, all of whom have a set of shared values; devotion to their families, dedication to their culture and religion, as well a strong commitment to work hard and support themselves with dignity and pride.

The Swiss embassy in Israelexternal link is in Tel Aviv. The move is expected to take years. He is a fool and he did this to be provocative.

Lebanese and Palestinians students, burn a poster of U.S. President Donald Trump as they take part in a protest, in the southern port city of Sidon, Lebanon, Thursday, Dec. 7, 2017.

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas warned last night that Trump's announcement will lead "to wars without end".

"He is declaring war in the Middle East, he is declaring war against 1.5 billion Muslims [and] hundreds of millions of Christians that are not going to accept the holy shrines to be totally under the hegemony of Israel", Manuel Hassassian, Palestine's envoy to the United Kingdom, told BBC radio in an interview Wednesday ahead of Trump's announcement. He additionally threatened to cut Turkey's diplomatic ties with Israel.

Mr Trump upended decades of US policy in defiance of warnings from around the world that the gesture risks aggravating conflict in the Middle East. The Trump administration said it was merely carrying out a 1995 edict from Congress to relocate the embassy, though Republican and Democratic presidents since had found ways to delay.

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 stressed: "we are not taking a position on any final status issues, including the specific boundaries of the Israeli sovereignty in Jerusalem, or the resolution of contested borders".

With healthcare still stuck in the long grass, with the wall unbuilt and various immigration policies still bogged down in legal argument, he needs to tick some boxes.

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

He's removing Washington from its perch as broker and diplomatic middleman by declaring Jerusalem as Israel's capital and launching a course to move the U.S. embassy there. But the decision to relocate the embassy is by far the most significant of Trump's policy changes on Israel and one that threatens to have widespread and immediate ramifications. But they are not Israeli citizens and cannot vote in national elections. "It would be better for us to wager on our political achievements and not on a third intifada".

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