07 Diciembre, 2017
President Trump's announcement on Wednesday that he would upend decades of U.S. policy and recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital was met with both celebration and fury in the divided city.
"Then at that point we believe a person called the Antichrist will rise to power in the European Union and he will try to settle the situation in the Middle East. He will go and make a treaty with Israel to guarantee a peace in the Middle East. And we believe, Daniel Chapter Nine (of the Bible) teaches that the moment he signs that agreement with Israel that is when the tribulation will begin", he told Sputnik.
Speaking in a televised address immediately after Trump's speech, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said the U.S. decision rewarded Israel for its occupation and that the "reprehensible" act undermined all peace efforts. And two senior White House officials said they felt making the announcement now - before Israelis and Palestinians have reached the negotiating table - would help mitigate the damage to the peace process. His predecessors, Bill Clinton, George W Bush and Barack Obama, had consistently put off that decision to avoid inflaming tensions in the Middle East. "It is not something new, but it is an important but understandable step by the administration".
His decision is said to be driven by a campaign promise made in 2016, when he appealed to evangelicals and pro-Israel American Jews by promising to move the embassy.
"Jerusalem, all of Jerusalem, is ours", he said.
The branches of government are split between Cape Town (legislative), Pretoria (administrative) and Bloemfontein (judiciary), though the Constitutional Court is in Johannesburg.
The patriarchs urged Trump "to continue recognizing the present international status of Jerusalem".
Late on Tuesday, Palestinian national and Islamic groups issued a joint statement calling for "three days of rage" to protest Trump's move, beginning on Wednesday throughout the Palestinian territories.
"There will of course be disagreement and dissent regarding this announcement but we are confident that ultimately, as we work through these disagreements, we will arrive at a place of greater understanding and co-operation", Trump said.
Trump administration officials cast the president's impending announcement as a simple acknowledgment of the "historical and current reality" of Jerusalem, which Israel effectively controls but whose status has been contested for centuries. They said moving the embassy would take years, but Mr Trump had directed the US State Department to "start the process". The Palestinian people know how to respond appropriately to the disregarding of their feelings and sanctities.
"We have always maintained that Canada should formally recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel". The city's status can only be determined as part of peace talks, the government said. He chafed at signing a waiver six months ago to postpone the decision and wanted the issue resolved before signing another one this week.
Likewise, Brazil moved its capital from coastal, crowded Rio de Janeiro to inland Brasilia in 1961 - the idea being to build a brand new capital "to bring progress to the interior of Brazil", as architect Oscar Niemeyer described it.
In the Gaza Strip, dozens of protesters gathered near the border fence with Israel and threw rocks at soldiers on the other side.
Israel considers Jerusalem its eternal and indivisible capital.
The Palestinians insist that they should establish an independent state with East Jerusalem as its capital in the final settlement. Abbas said Trump's decision was tantamount to the United States abdicating its peace mediator role.
All countries, including the US, have so far located their embassies in Tel Aviv, in order to advance the Israeli-Palestinian peace process.