President Donald Trump got heat from nations all over the world on Wednesday as he prepares to announce that his administration will officially recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.
Daily Mail reported that as Israel rejoices, Palestinian officials declared that the Mideast peace process is “finished” and Turkey announced that it will be holding a meeting of Islamic nations next week to give Muslim countries’ leaders an opportunity to coordinate a response. Meanwhile, in Gaza, American and Israeli flags were burned and in the West Bank, Hamas said that Friday will be a “day of rage,” suggesting that terrorists are planning an attack in retaliation.
Pope Francis begged Trump to rethink this decision during his weekly general audience in Rome .
“I make a heartfelt appeal so that all commit themselves to respecting the status quo of the city, in conformity with the pertinent resolutions of the United Nations,” Pope Francis said. “I cannot keep quiet about my deep concern about the situation that has been created in the last few days.”
The Palestinians’ chief representative to Britain warned that Trump will be declaring war by going through with this.
“If he says what he is intending to say about Jerusalem being the capital of Israel, it means a kiss of death to the two-state solution,’ Manuel Hassassian said in a BBC radio interview. “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.”
“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.”
Palestinian Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah added that Trump’s decision “destroys the peace process.”
This came after U.S. officials announced late on Tuesday night that Trump will recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel despite intense Arab, Muslim and European opposition to this move. Some fear that this will upend decades of U.S. policy and risk violent protests and terrorist attacks.
Israel, however, could not be happier about Trump’s move.
“Our historical national identity is receiving important expressions every day,” said Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, adding that he will comment further later in the day.
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