World In Jerusalem, Trump’s speech sparks scenes of joy, outrage

07:21  07 december  2017
07:21  07 december  2017 Source:   washingtonpost.com

The U.S. Recognizing Jerusalem as Israel's Capital Would Threaten Mideast Peace, Abbas Says

  The U.S. Recognizing Jerusalem as Israel's Capital Would Threaten Mideast Peace, Abbas Says The Palestinian president on Sunday warned that American recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital would jeopardize the White House’s nascent Mideast peace efforts. President Mahmoud Abbas’ comments came amid a diplomatic push by the Palestinian leader to rally international support against the possible American move later this week.“Any American step related to the recognition of Jerusalem as capital of Israel, or moving the U.S.

Jerusalem authorities beamed images of the U.S. and Israeli flags onto the walls of Jerusalem ’s Old City on Wednesday ahead of President Trump ’ s speech . (Ahmad Gharabli/AFP/Getty Images).

On a rainy day that curbed public demonstrations, Palestinians predicted another intifada and Israelis voiced gratitude.

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Trump's announcement that the U.S. Embassy would be moved to Jerusalem upended a decades-old Washington policy and was met in Israel and the Palestinian territories with mixed scenes of celebration and fury.

After days of tense anticipation, Palestinians and Israelis gathered around television sets to hear the president lay out the details of what he called a long-overdue decision.

"He pulled the trigger, Trump pulled the trigger," said Majdi Busaileh, 43, as he watched incredulously at a social club in the Shufat Camp in East Jerusalem where the crowd had paused from snooker and card games to listen. Another man chipped in with profanities.

"It's a joyous occasion," said Ruth Lieberman, an Israeli political consultant across town. Lieberman said she had been busy organizing ways to cheer the announcement on social media because rain had put a damper on planned celebrations.

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The Christmas tree lights in Bethlehem were turned off to protest Trump ’ s Jerusalem play. Israelis celebrated.

"We were hoping to dance in the street, but we are dancing in our hearts," she said.

The bad weather also kept Palestinian protests to a minimum, although some went ahead in Gaza. Israeli police spokesman said the force was prepared for the potential of larger protests in Jerusalem on Friday.

Successive U.S. administrations have held off moving the embassy from Tel Aviv since the mid-90s, in line with an international consensus that Jerusalem's status should be decided in a final peace agreement between Israelis and Palestinians. However, Trump said continuing that policy was "folly."

His pledge to remain committed to the peace process was met with derision by Palestinians. In a televised address immediately after Trump spoke, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said the United States had signaled an end to its role as a broker in the peace process.

Abbas said the U.S. decision rewarded Israel for its occupation of Palestinian territories and that the "reprehensible" act undermined all peace efforts. He described Jerusalem as the "eternal capital" of the Palestinian people and said that wouldn't change.

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[ In Jerusalem , Trump ’ s speech sparks scenes of joy , outrage ]. Analysts said Trump ’ s move has further undermined a weak Abbas, and a meeting with Pence at this time would have been deeply unpopular with Palestinians.

Hamas, the militant group that runs the Gaza Strip, described the move as an assault on Palestinian rights that would "open the doors of hell," and Islamic Jihad, the second-largest militant group in Gaza, called it a declaration of war. Thousands of Palestinians gathered across the coastal strip after evening prayers to protest. Some held banners declaring Jerusalem a "red line." Others burned U.S. flags and pictures of President Trump amid cheers from the crowds.

In the social club, Hamdi Diab, a camp leader, described the situation as a "time bomb."

Jerusalem authorities beamed images of the U.S. and Israeli flags onto the walls of Jerusalem’s Old City on Wednesday ahead of President Trump’s speech. © Ahmad Gharabli/AFP/Getty Images Jerusalem authorities beamed images of the U.S. and Israeli flags onto the walls of Jerusalem’s Old City on Wednesday ahead of President Trump’s speech. "This is an unprecedented, very dangerous escalation from the president of the United States," he said. "It will ignite a third intifada."

Israelis see Jerusalem as their eternal and undivided capital, while for Palestinians the eastern part of the city is the future capital of a Palestinian state. Abbas said the U.S. move would galvanize the Palestinian struggle for independence.

Powerful allies molded Trump's view on Jerusalem

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Israel’s transport minister wants to name a new Jerusalem train station after Trump . by Ruth Eglash by Ruth Eglash Email the author December 27, 2017 Email the author. [ In Jerusalem , Trump ’ s speech sparks scenes of joy , outrage ].

[ In Jerusalem , Trump ’ s speech sparks scenes of joy , outrage ]. A White House team led by senior adviser Jared Kushner, Trump ' s son-in-law, continues to work on a peace plan that is expected to be unveiled next year.

Abdullah Alqam, who coordinates Palestinian factions in East Jerusalem, echoed that sentiment. "This is our land," he said. "We will live in it, we will die in it. This step will only encourage radicalism."

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, however, called Wednesday a "historic day."

"Jerusalem has been the focus of our hopes, our dreams, our prayers for three millennia," he said. "Jerusalem has been the capital of the Jewish people for 3,000 years."

Some Israelis were more guarded, greeting Trump's move as simply an acknowledgment of the status quo. Others said they hadn't realized the United States did not already recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital.

"This announcement could be monumental but at the same time very anticlimactic," said Yoni Katz, a Jerusalem resident.

But Lieberman, the political consultant, said she and others want to make sure Americans know how they feel about Trump's decision.

"We welcome it," she said. "It is not something new, but it is an important but understandable step by the administration. We would like to say thank you in a big way."

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