Trump drives United States into corner with Jerusalem decision

Fatah called for a day of "protests" on Wednesday near Jerusalem and the Old City "against the visit of the American vice president and Trump's decision" to recognise Jerusalem as Israel's capital, a statement said. James Phillips, Senior Fellow at the Heritage Foundation, asks, "Why is Israel the only country in the world not allowed to choose its own capital?" The emergency Organisation of Islamic Cooperation summit in Istanbul was the first opportunity for Muslim-majority countries to demonstrate a united front against the unilateral US move.

It also urged Muslims to conduct special prayers and offer "dua" for restoration of Jerusalem to State of Palestine and for the protection of the Al-Aqsa mosque. Oddly, the EU is now apparently shocked by and dismayed at Trump's decision on Jerusalem which defies international law and torpedo any possibility of a 'two-state solution'.

If the Palestinian leadership had a minimal degree of accountability and self-respect it would issue a heart-felt apology to the people for all the squandered time, energy and blood expended in the fight for liberation over the decades.

"We love Turkish people and President Erdogan", Haniyyah told Anadolu Agency.

The official Palestinian Authority newspaper, however, insisted Trump "contradicted history". All said the announcement would ruin chances of Israeli-Palestinian peace talks.

"Today we finally acknowledge the obvious: that Jerusalem is Israel's capital", President Trump said from the Diplomatic Reception Room of the White House.

One cannot deny the fact that Jews have led a life with tremendous persecution.

Officials said Pence still would discuss the persecution of Christians as well as the Jerusalem decision, countering Iran, defeating Daesh militants and fighting "extremist ideology".

"President Trump.does not intend to reverse himself, despite the various condemnations and declarations", Ambassador David Friedman said.

The draft resolution calls on all countries to refrain from opening embassies in Jerusalem, reflecting concerns that other governments could follow the US lead. Post 9/11, Saddam Hussein was driven out and Syria continues to suffer in a bloody civil war under the son of Assad's son, Bashar Assad.

Jews, particularly on the political right who march to the beat of Prime Minister Netanyahu, have chosen to ignore the implied notice of their impending extinction that's at the core of the theology of Christian Zionism. "The resistance of movement of the Palestinians has to be respected".

Many of the protesters were clad in white and waved Palestinian flags and held up placards, some reading: "Peace, love and free Palestine". Israel then seized control of the Gaza Strip and Sinai Peninsula from Egypt, West Bank and East Jerusalem from Jordan, and the Golan Heights from Syria as buffer zones. We will not abandon them.

A few analysts have been discussing the Biblical connotation of Trump's move of shifting US embassy to Jerusalem, which for many religious pundits sounds as a theological dog whistle. Leaving aside whether he can actually do this without the approval of Congress, his remarks are causing a great deal of controversy, and justifiably so.

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