Editorial: Trump worsens Mideast peace prospects with embassy move

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08 Diciembre, 2017

As often as the Middle East has been described as a tinder box of impassioned religious views and centuries-held grievances aggravated by dislocation and desperation and requiring only the tiniest spark to inflame violence, it may have surprised some observers that President Donald Trump's mid-week announcement that the U.S. would recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital and eventually locate its embassy there has not yet - as of this hour at least - produced its first casualty.

The status of Jerusalem - home to sites holy to the Muslim, Jewish and Christian religions - is one of the biggest obstacles to reaching a peace agreement between Israel and the Palestinians. Sorry for the error. "We are still judging the impact this decision will have on US facilities and personnel overseas", the document said.

Trump acted under a 1995 law that requires the United States to move its embassy to Jerusalem.

"Confrontation is a legitimate right aiming to defend the occupied land of Palestine", he said.

In his speech, Trump was expected to instruct the State Department to begin the multi-year process of moving the American Embassy from Tel Aviv to the holy city. Russia says Israel and the Palestinians should work towards "a peaceful and secure Israel within internationally recognized borders while recognizing the Palestinian people's aspirations for their own, independent state".

Israeli forces disperse Palestinian demonstrators outside of the Damascus Gate in Jerusalem's Old City, Dec. 7, 2017.

Key national security advisers - including Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Defence Secretary Jim Mattis - have urged caution, according to the officials, who said Trump has been receptive to some of their concerns.

Jerusalem, he went on, is the heart of Israel's successful democracy - the location of the Knesset, the Supreme Court, the Prime Minister's Office and the President's Residence, he further stressed.

Those in the Israeli press welcome the move, saying it should never have taken decades to happen.

Haniyeh also called on Western-backed Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas to withdraw from peacemaking with Israel, and on Arabs to boycott the Trump administration.

Still, it is not clear that evangelicals all feel strongly about Israel. What you do is keep the faith, and reassert basic truths - such as the fact that for 3,000 years Jerusalem has been the Jewish people's patrimony, and the fact that for 70 years Jerusalem has been the sovereign capital of the State of Israel.

The Trump administration has made several changes in policy in an attempt to cast itself as pro-Israel, including pulling out of UNESCO, the United Nations cultural and education agency, after accusing it of anti-Israel bias.

They noted that almost all of Israel's government agencies and parliament are in Jerusalem, rather than Tel Aviv, where the U.S. and other countries maintain embassies. "Death to the fool Trump!" and burning tyres. Nevertheless, it enhances Trump's image when we associate him with Truman; neither with a temperament to tolerate nonsense, nor the Welfare State. Those matters would have to be determined in negotiations. Pence is scheduled to travel to Israel later this month.

Hamas, the Palestinian group that has run Gaza since 2007, said Trump had committed a "flagrant aggression against the Palestinian people".

"Clearly this is a decision that makes it more important than ever that the long-awaited American proposals on the Middle East peace process are now brought forward", Johnson told reporters in Brussels.

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