As a candidate, Trump promised evangelicals that he would move the U.S. embassy to Jerusalem and recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital, which it has been for 4,000 years-at least according to the Bible.
He said his move was not intended to tip the scale in favour of Israel and that any deal involving the future of Jerusalem would have to be negotiated by the parties, but the move was seen almost uniformly in Arab capitals as a sharp tilt towards Israel.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who hailed Trump's announcement as a "historic landmark", said on Thursday many countries would follow the U.S. move and contacts were underway. On the ground this has never been the case. It would be wonderful if tossing a self-serving monkey wrench - a sop to either Christian fundamentalists or Trump donor Sheldon Adelson, take your pick - kick-started peace talks instead of merely relieving President Trump of his obligation to sign yet another waiver to exempt the U.S. from a 1995 law requiring presidents to move the U.S. embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.
The president is producing a finger-snap notion that may please some Israeli hardliners and his own conservative base. It's not immediately clear why Trump decided to recognize Jerusalem as the capital now, although the administration has signaled for weeks that a change was coming.
Over the past 10 years, and certainly since he rejected John Kerry's 2014 peace initiative, Mahmoud Abbas's Palestinian Authority has been on an outrageous path: an assault on the core identity of Jews and Israelis; an offensive to deny the most fundamental, basic building blocks of Jewish connection to Jerusalem and the Land of Israel.
An editorial in the paper warns that "the gates of hell will be opened in the region", echoing a statement made by the Islamist group Hamas.
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. "I have not done so because I didn't want to do anything to undermine our ability to help to broker a secure and fair and lasting peace for Israelis and for Palestinians". It is imperative to work fast to reach a final status solution and a peace agreement.
"We're out here to show that Jerusalem will always be the capital for Palestine", Hussein told ABC News.
Jordan's King Abdullah II warned the Trump administration that an embassy move could derail Israeli-Palestinian peace efforts ― an issue Trump has delegated to Jared Kushner, his son-in-law and adviser.
In Iraq, powerful militia and political leaders vehemently condemned the move. It was, as he said, "very fresh thinking". Nevertheless, it enhances Trump's image when we associate him with Truman; neither with a temperament to tolerate nonsense, nor the Welfare State.
At Abbas's express urging, UNESCO has adopted insane and nonsensical resolutions declaring Jerusalem an exclusively Muslim heritage city, and criminalizing Israel's custodianship of the holy city. You don't forfeit to the Palestinians the international discourse regarding human, national and civil rights, especially regarding Jerusalem.
Israel considers the city its eternal and indivisible capital and wants all embassies based there. Pence is scheduled to travel to Israel later this month.
You pray that somebody with the gumption of Trump will come along and become president of the United States.
But dozens of Palestinians gathered at two points on the Gaza border fence with Israel and threw rocks at soldiers on the other side.
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