“Declaration Of War”: Trump Jerusalem Decision Sparks Outrage, Warning Of “A Fire With No End In Sight”

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Today at 1 pm, president Trump will announce the U.S. recognizes Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, but will sign a waiver delaying the relocation of the U.S. embassy from Tel Aviv to there for 6 months. Trump’s decision to unilaterally recognize Jerusalem upends decades of American policy in the Middle East and risks inflaming violence in an already-tense region. And sure enough, the announcement prompted an immediate – and furious – response sparking Arab, Muslim and European opposition to a move that would upend decades of U.S. policy and risk potentially violent protests.

While Israel naturally welcomed the news, Palestinian officials declared the Mideast peace process “finished”, calling it a declaration of war, and Turkey announced it would host a meeting of Islamic nations next week to give Muslim countries’ leaders an opportunity to coordinate a response.

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas and Jordan’s King Abdullah II, warned him the announcement would have “dangerous” repercussions for regional stability. Separately, the Palestinian delegate to the United Kingdom said on Wednesday that President Trump’s move to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel signals “a declaration of war” in the region. “He is declaring war in the Middle East, he is declaring war against 1.5 billion Muslims, hundreds of millions of Christians that are not going to accept the holy shrines to be totally under the hegemony of Israel,” Manuel Hassassian told BBC 4 Radio’s “Today.”

The Palestinians seek east Jerusalem as the capital of a future independent state and fear that Trump’s declaration essentially imposes on them a disastrous solution for one of the core issues in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. “There is no way that there can be talks with the Americans. The peace process is finished. They have already pre-empted the outcome,” said Palestinian official Hanan Ashrawi. “They cannot take us for granted.”

The U.S. decision “destroys the peace process,” added Palestinian Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah. Top Palestinian officials were meeting Wednesday to plot their course forward.

Elsewhere, the Turkish government’s spokesman on Wednesday said that the United States’ decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel will plunge the region and the world into “a fire with no end in sight”.

“Declaring Jerusalem a capital is disregarding history and the truths in the region, it is a big injustice/cruelty, shortsightedness, foolishness/madness, it is plunging the region and the world into a fire with no end in sight,” Deputy Prime Minister Bekir Bozdag said on Twitter. “I call on everyone to act logically, respect the agreements they signed and behave reasonably, avoid risking world peace for domestic politics or other reasons,” he said.

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said the “whole world is against” Trump’s move. He says that moving the embassy to Jerusalem would be a “grave mistake” and would “not bring any stability, peace but rather chaos and instability.”

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Tuesday that US recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital would be a “red line” for Muslims and “a big blow to the conscience of humanity.” The leader of NATO ally Turkey warned that the US taking such a step would force Ankara to sever diplomatic ties with the Jewish state. Erdogan has called for an emergency summit of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation on December 13 to discuss the possibility of Jerusalem becoming Israel’s capital.

The Council of the League of Arab States released a statement calling the recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital an act of “open aggression” against “the rights of the Palestinian people and all Muslims and Christians.”

Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has also blasted Washington’s decision to relocate the US embassy to Jerusalem as a display of incompetence. “That they claim they want to announce Quds as the capital of occupied Palestine is because of their incompetence and failure,” Khamenei said, using the Arabic name for Jerusalem.

The Syrian government also weighed in on the planned move. “[The move] is the culmination of the crime of usurping Palestine and displacing the Palestinian people,” a Foreign Ministry official told state news agency SANA.

On Tuesday, Palestinian Christians in Bethlehem were spotted burning photographs of Donald Trump and holding signs reading “Move the embassy to your country, not ours,” and “Jerusalem, Palestine’s heart, is not up to negotiations.”

Palestinian protesters burn Trump pictures in Bethlehem on December 5, 2017

The harsh global reaction cast questions about the feasibility of a brewing U.S. peace plan that is expected to be presented by the White House in the near future.

The one winner, Israel, was happy with the outcome: Israel’s prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, said on Facebook that “Our historical national identity is receiving important expressions everyday.” He said he would comment further later in the day. Other members of his Cabinet were more forthcoming. Education Minister Naftali Bennett, head of the nationalist Jewish Home party, praised what he called Trump’s “bold and yet natural” move.

“The sooner the Arab world recognizes Jerusalem as our capital, the sooner we will reach real peace. Real peace that is not predicated on an illusion that we are going to carve up Jerusalem and carve up Israel,” Bennett told The Associated Press on the sidelines of the Jerusalem Post Diplomatic Conference.

Other international leaders, however, swiftly criticized Trump’s plan.

According to AP, Pope Francis said he was “profoundly concerned” and appealed that “everyone respects the status quo of the city.” China, which has good ties with Israel and the Palestinians, expressed concerns over “possible aggravation of regional tensions.” Two leading Lebanese newspapers published front-page rebukes of Trump.

Britain’s Foreign Minister, Boris Johnson, who had already expressed concern about the U.S. decision, on Wednesday said it was now time for the Americans to present their peace plan for the region.

Trump’s Mideast team, led by his adviser and son-in-law, Jared Kushner, have spent months meeting with Israeli, Palestinian and Arab leaders. Details of their long awaited plan remain a mystery.

“Clearly this is a decision that makes it more important than ever that the long-awaited American proposals on the Middle East peace process are now brought forward,” Johnson told reporters in Brussels.

In his speech, Trump was expected to instruct the State Department to begin the multi-year process of moving the American Embassy from Tel Aviv to the holy city. It remained unclear,  however, when he might take that physical step, which is required by U.S. law but has been waived on national security grounds for more than two decades.

The officials said numerous logistical and security details, as well as site determination and construction, could take three or four years to sort out.

To that end, the officials said Trump would delay the embassy move by signing a waiver, which is required by U.S. law every six months. He will continue to sign the waiver until preparations for the embassy move are complete.

The officials, speaking on condition of anonymity pending Trump’s announcement, said the decision was merely an acknowledgment of “historical and current reality” rather than a political statement and said the city’s physical and political borders will not be compromised. They noted that almost all of Israel’s government agencies and parliament are in Jerusalem, rather than Tel Aviv, where the U.S. and other countries maintain embassies.

Still, the declaration of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital carries deep symbolic significance and could have dangerous consequences. The competing claims to east Jerusalem, the section of the city captured by Israel in 1967, have frequently boiled over into deadly violence over the years. East Jerusalem is home to the city’s most sensitive Jewish, Muslim and Christian holy sites, as well as its 330,000 Palestinian residents.

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The United States has never endorsed the Jewish state’s claim of sovereignty over any part of Jerusalem and has insisted its status be resolved through Israeli-Palestinian negotiation.

The mere consideration of Trump changing the status quo sparked a renewed U.S. security warning on Tuesday. America’s consulate in Jerusalem ordered U.S. personnel and their families to avoid visiting Jerusalem’s Old City or the West Bank, and urged American citizens in general to avoid places with increased police or military presence.

Israel is bracing for demonstrations in the West Bank, the Gaza Strip and East Jerusalem ahead of Trump’s announcement. The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) are preparing for violence after Hamas called for a “day of rage” in response to Trump’s controversial decision. The main demonstration is planned for Thursday afternoon at al-Manara Square in Ramallah. People from across the West Bank are expected to participate.

On Wednesday, a large demonstration is scheduled to take place in Jenin. Israeli police and military are also preparing for demonstrations near the American embassy in Tel Aviv. Thousands of Israeli law enforcers are expected to be on duty in Jerusalem on Friday.

Foreign governments are already anticipating violence. The German Foreign Ministry updated its travel advice for Israel and the Palestinian territories on Wednesday, warning that “from December 6, 2017, there may be demonstrations in Jerusalem, the West Bank and the Gaza Strip. Violent clashes cannot be ruled out.”

The US State Department also issued a travel warning, urging government employees and their families not to visit Jerusalem’s Old City or the West Bank.

As a result, many have speculated overnight if instead promoting peace, Trump’s or rather Kushner’s decision wasn’t a catalyst for even more deadly fighting in the region, which would only ultimately benefit the US military-industrial complex.

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  • Mike

    note to all islamic countries, YOU HAVE NEVER WANTED PEACE TO BEGIN WITH SO GO F YOURSELVES.

    • elbustaroyjetspeekerson

      THANK YOU.

    • Joel W

      The irony of that absurd claim is that there was peace in Iraq, Syria & Libya until we ‘liberated’ them. The Taliban had things under control in Afghanistan until we had to involve ourselves there as well. Egypt was good until the ‘Arab Spring’ which also involved us. Jordan is pretty peaceful too. Ditto Dubai. Ditto Iran. Ditto Lebanon. Come to think of it, the only places that aren’t peaceful are where the U.S. decided to liberate. Or Palestine/Israel..

      Starting to see a pattern with the problems in the Middle East?

      • David E

        “WAR is PEACE.”

        • Joel W

          Yea it would appear as such.

      • Mike

        wrong, if you study muslim history back to around the time they become islamic, they have been at war with each other since their beginning. They are a tribal people much like africans, so they will never be at peace.

        • Joel W

          No disagreement with that, but I wasn’t referring to centuries back. I was referring to the past century. The modern era. Saddam, Ghadaffi, Assad, the Taliban, etc may be hard asses, but they kept all that old tribal crap at bay is what I am saying. Until we had to ‘liberate’ the people. Now Libya, which was under Ghadaffi was by all accounts a very prosperous nation, has open market slave auctions and tribal conflict. So much for liberating. Ditto for Syria, minus the slave thing. The Taliban all but eradicated the world’s opium (and in turn, heroin) and now Afghanistan is back on top of production. How liberating for the whole world.

          And considering the U.S. & Israel didn’t exist at the time when Islam first came to be, your point is moot.

          • Mike

            Oh I full well agree that the US as well as all other governments should have stayed out of those areas and let them just kill each other off and be done with it. But again, they will never be at peace even if that were to happen.

    • Uncle Sham

      BREAKING NEWS: Angry Muslims who want to destroy the USA and Israel are still Angry Muslims who want to destroy the USA and Israel.

      • Joel W

        Ever consider that it is possible they are ‘angry’ at the U.S. for interfering in their affairs for the past how many decades? And that they are mad at the nation-state of Israel due to the fact they stole Palestine from its native population?

        • Uncle Sham

          Nomadic Arabs aren’t a native population, lmao….before Israel whose land was it….British….Turks….French…Romans…Palestine was never a country

          • Joel W

            Tell that to the people who were driven from their actual homes when “Israel” moved in. And regardless of your opinion on that situation, in their eyes that is the truth and that is why they do not like Israel. Neither my nor your opinion in this debate changes that reality. Maybe look at world events through the eyes of those affected by the events.

          • Uncle Sham

            Israel “moved in” almost 100 years ago….ill try to find some 90 year old “Palestinians” so I can get their testimony

          • Joel W

            Are you seriously implying that the entire area was vacant? That no people lived in the area at all?

            Again, the way you see the situation is 100% irrelevant. You have to look at the situation through the eyes of the Palestinians and others in the region. Even if they are 100% wrong, it matters not. That is the viewpoint.

          • Uncle Sham

            I’ve actually been to Gaza….seen women get pelted with stones for simply asking for directions….seen rockets launched at israel at night that put the 4th of July to shame. Of course the weekly missle attacks from Gaza never get reported in the news unless Israel decides to respond

          • Joel W

            Well boo friggin hoo. Poor little Israel. Maybe if they weren’t where they have no business being, that wouldn’t be an issue. Again, look at things from their perspective. You can sit in judgement from the comfort of your living room, but have you ever considered how the Palestinians feel about the situation? They are humans you know.

          • Uncle Sham

            there are hundreds of thousands of Arabs and muslims who live in Israel and have no problem sharing the land

          • Joel W

            Well I guess that automatically invalidates the concerns of anybody who is not content with the situation then.

    • You mean ZIONIST puppet countries. Because this whole mess is a con financed by zionists, a non religion to begin with.

  • Rift

    Maybe this is trumps master plan, turning Israel into a crater, because that certainly seems the likely outcome.

    • Fearthenut

      BS

  • Rift

    Come ton think about it what a great way to destabilize the world, let millions of Muslims immigrate throughout the entire world then do something to anger them all at the same time. Brilliant move

    • Fearthenut

      Pfffffft. No more kneeling or bowing to our enemies. Its always been war.

    • elbustaroyjetspeekerson

      Urine idiot. Go back to sleep. Oh, sorry. We see you ALREADY ARE.

      • Rift

        What’s a urine idiot? You seriously don’t think this is going to provoke the thousands of Muslims already here in the States. It’s like sending them a written request to blow something up.

        • elbustaroyjetspeekerson

          Bring it. Then it’s Open Season on the gargoyle-wannabes.
          Re: U.I. — Hint: say it slowly. Three times if necessary. Ok, 5 for you.

          • Rift

            Ok what’s a gargoyle wannabe? Wish I could live in your world, seems like a pretty cool place, where everyone rides winged dragons to work and at night folks are lulled to sleep by the songs of elves. Shame for me though I have to live in the real world.

      • David E

        “Now, Johnny, we don’t say ‘piss.’ I want to hear you use the word ‘urinate.'”
        “Teach, urinate, but if you had bigger tits, you’d be a ten.”

        • elbustaroyjetspeekerson

          THANX! for making my day, D!

  • Restore the Republic

    God Bless Rothschild’s Israel…….

    • Joel W

      By God bless, you mean rot in hell?

      • Restore the Republic

        Yes, I was being Sarcastic….

        • Joel W

          That’s what I figured.

  • Joel W

    Prediction. In the coming months, Mossad runs a series of false flags at the embassy, blamed on Hezbollah, to ‘prove’ Israel is constantly under attack, and to trick the U.S. into attacking Iran.

    • elbustaroyjetspeekerson

      Wanna give your take on the Stupor Bowl, while we’re here?

      • Joel W

        Ah, pathetic attempts at ridicule. Modus operandi of the intellectually lazy.

        Care to have an rational discussion, or are you just a child who is incapable of such?

        • elbustaroyjetspeekerson

          It was a JOKE, Einsteinowizc. And, I AGREED with you, but your viewpoint is so myopically egocentric that you can’t even tell. AAANNNDD, I even gave you an UPVOTE. You can fuckoff now.

          • Joel W

            Oh yea that comment of yours really sounded like you were agreeing with me. Came across as a personal attack. I guess its an unforgivable sin to not see a joke in what was worded as an attack. And as if I would know if you gave me an upvote anywhere. Its not like I post comments for positive feedback and run to check who gave me a thumbs up.

            Now, that we got that cleared up, chill out. Like you never, ever made a mistake.

            Oh for the record, care to elaborate on the myopically egocentric? Its not uncommon to be attacked for having the audacity to not self-flagellate before Israel, for my sincerest apologies for mistaking your not so obvious agreement with the standard Zionist attacks I am used to for saying things like that.

            Again, chill the F out.

          • elbustaroyjetspeekerson

            One MORE time: You can fuckoff. NOW.

          • Joel W

            Well, aren’t you the epitome of maturity? And I must assume you are 100% perfect, 100% of the time, and have never, ever, ever, been mistaken about anything. Talk about myopically egocentric. Christ. You must be a delight to spend time with.

          • David E

            When can I fuckoff? Soon? Please, please? I haven’t gotten to fuckoff in quite some time.

  • elbustaroyjetspeekerson

    Sooo, whaddya think would happen if we burned pix of Mo-homo-med?? Oh right. We’d have to draw them first, which is ALREADY a ”beheadable” offense…..FUCKthisNOIZ.

  • Phil_Ossifer

    Trump is simply executing the requirements of the Jerusalem Embassy Act of 1995 (Public Law 104-45) which required, among other things, recognition of Jerusalem by the U.S. as the official capital city of Israel. This law, signed by Slick Willy Clinton, was required to be implemented by May 31, 1999 but didn’t happen. Bush 43 did nothing about it. Obummer didn’t implement it, either. So now Trump gets around to actually doing what the law prescribes and he catches all sorts of hell for doing his job.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jerusalem_Embassy_Act