Trump on Wednesday delivered on a campaign pledge to officially acknowledge Jerusalem as the Isreali capital.
However, the move has angered leaders across the Middle East, who have voiced concerns about the impact on future peace talks and further destabilization of the region. So while Rosner welcomes the decision to move the US embassy to Jerusalem as a sign of support, he claims this is merely a "recognition of reality", pulling the old "Who needs it?!"
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"We have diplomatic relations with 190 countries".
"Simple things that we consider simple like [installing] metal detectors, is such a sensitive issue as we saw a few months ago that there were riots in the street and people died because this is such a sensitive site", Mansoor said. It will reinforce the view of many Israeli politicians that there is little to be gained by negotiating with the Palestinians. Islamic Jihad, the second-largest militant group in Gaza, called the U.S. decision a declaration of war.
At least 31 people were wounded by Israeli army gunfire and rubber bullets, medics said, in Palestinian protests in the occupied West Bank and the Gaza Strip on Thursday after the United States recognised Jerusalem as Israel's capital.
Patriarch Theophilos III, the Greek Orthodox patriarchate, widely seen as the most senior Christian figure in Jerusalem, and a dozen other church leaders in the Holy Land, sent a letter to Trump on Wednesday warning of "irreparable harm".
On 5 December, Saudi Arabia's Foreign Ministry issued a statement carried by the Saudi Press Agency expressing Riyadh's "grave and deep concern" that the US intends to recognise Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, and to relocate its embassy to Jerusalem.
He faced stiff opposition to the idea, including from then-opposition leader Pierre Trudeau who called the move damaging to Canada's credibility in the region.
Trump said he has instructed the State Department to build a new US embassy in the historic city.
But Trump was not cowed by criticism, insisting that the move was "a major campaign promise" during the 2016 election.
Already on Wednesday protests had erupted over the decision in the Palestinian cities of Gaza City and Rafah. Some protesters burned American and Israeli flags as well as photos of Trump.
In Shufat camp in East Jerusalem, home to Palestinians displaced in the 1948 Arab-Israeli war, young men played snooker and cards as they waited for Trump to speak.
The secretary-general of the Palestine Liberation Organisation said Trump had destroyed any hopes for a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. She made the promise as part of her leadership bid earlier this year.
As the city at the head of the territory, it is linked to the state and hosts the seat of government and, if they exist, usually royalty too. But Trump's announcement on Jerusalem threatens to scotch the fledgling effort.
In Australia, curious tourists are often shocked to find Sydney is not actually the capital city, and usually told the inland city of Canberra was built as the "bush capital" as a compromise somewhere between Australia's largest city and its competitor to the south, Melbourne. Two small Latin American states, El Salvador and Costa Rica, previously had embassies in Jerusalem before shifting them to Tel Aviv in 2006, saying they wanted to abide with international norms. "This decision opened Pandora's box in the region", Yildirim added in a written statement. "It's not possible to understand what you are trying to get out of it", Erdogan said, referring to Trump in a speech to a group of workers at Ankara's airport. Trump notably did not use that word in his announcement, and stressed that he didn't intend to foreclose the possibility of a Palestinian state.
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