Trump independently defied global warnings and said the US formally recognizes Jerusalem al-Quds as the “capital” of Israel, and will begin the process of moving the US Embassy to the occupied city, breaking with decades of “peaceful”American policy.

The announcement has triggered a chorus of condemnations from around the world, but Netanyahu praised USA President Donald Trump for his decision, saying he “bound himself forever with the history of our capital.” 

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu claims “many” world countries such as Saudi Arabia will follow the USA in recognizing Jerusalem al-Quds as Israel’s “capital,” turning a deaf ear to international condemnations of Washington’s move.

Palestinian protesters burn pictures of US President Donald Trump and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Gaza City, on December 7, 2017. (Photo by AFP)

The UN Security Council is set to hold an emergency meeting on the new US decision on Friday. Apart from fierce condemnations from governments and non-governmental organizations in Palestine and the Muslim world, the Western allies of the US have also denounced Trump’s decision.

The entire Jerusalem al-Quds is currently under Israel’s control, while the regime also claims the city’s eastern part, which hosts the third holiest Muslim site. The city has been designated as “occupied” under international law since the 1967 Arab War, which Palestinians want as the capital of their future state.

Times of Israel / AA Magnum Analyst News 2017.

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