Furious Palestinians burn American flags and promise more 'days of rage' after Trump says Jerusalem IS Israel's capital 

10:24 • 07.12.17



US President Donald Trump set off protests throughout the Middle East on Wednesday as he announced that America formally recognizes Jerusalem as Israel's capital city.

 

He changed decades of US policy in a brief afternoon speech and cast the move as a bid to preserve, not derail, aspirations for regional peace, the Daily Mail reports.


Appearing in the White House's Diplomatic Reception Room against an elaborate backdrop of Christmas decorations, he also said the United States embassy in Israel would, over time, be moved there from Tel Aviv.


Israel is the only country where the United States has an embassy in a city that the host nation does not consider its capital.


But his speech was greeted by demonstrations and a threat from Hamas, who called Thursday and Friday 'days of rage' that he had 'opened the gates of hell'.


In Gaza thousands flooded the streets and burned U.S. flags. Palestinian secular and Islamist factions called a general strike on Thursday after tens of thousands took to the streets on Wednesday night. 


Israeli security forces braced for possible violence for days to come and the U.S. embassy in Jordan was effectively locked down.


World leaders including the Pope spoke out against the measure, saying that it jeopardized the peace process. But Trump was unrepentant that he was doing the 'right thing'. 


“I have determined that it is time to officially recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel,” Trump said. “While previous presidents have made this a major campaign promise, they failed to deliver. Today I am delivering.”


“When I came into office I promised to look at the world's challenges with open eyes and very fresh thinking,” he said, leaning heavily on a mid-1990s federal law that demanded the embassy's relocation.


“We have declined to acknowledge any Israeli capital – at all,” Trump added. “But today we finally acknowledge the obvious, that Jerusalem is Israel's capital. This is nothing more or less than a recognition of reality.”

“It is also the right thing to do. It is something that has to be done.”

 

Donald Trump officially recognized Jerusalem as Israel's capitol on Wednesday and launched a process to move the U.S. embassy there, casting his decision as an act of political courage

Картинки по запросу Furious Palestinians burn American flags and promise more 'days of rage'

Days of rage on way: Hamas supporters stage a protest against the decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital, in Jebaliya Refugee Camp, part of the Gaza Strip

Palestinian protesters chant slogans as they wave their national flags and pictures of late Palestinian president Yasser Arafat during a protest at the main Square in Gaza City, Wednesday, Dec. 6, 2017.  Defying worldwide warnings, U.S. President Donald Trump on Wednesday broke with decades of U.S. and international policy by recognizing Jerusalem as Israel's capital.(AP Photo/Adel Hana)

The president signed a proclamation after his short speech, backed up by Vice President Mike Pence

Take to the streets: Young men in Gaza protested after Trump's announcement, with Hamas asking for a 'day of rage' on Friday

Reaction spread around the Islamic world, with this crowd taking to the streets in Istanbul in front of the U.S. consulate to protest

In flames: In Gaza Palestinians burned the U.S. and Israeli flags as Trump's announcement later on Wednesday was revealed

Trump spoke to cameras in the Diplomatic Reception Room at the White House, surrounded by Christmas trees as he spoke about tensions between Muslims and Jews

US and Israeli national flags were projected on the wall of Jerusalem's Old City on Wednesday

A woman chants slogans during a sit-in in the Bourj al-Barajneh Palestinian refugee camp in Beirut, Lebanon





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