The Middle East will be set on fire by US President Donald Trump today after announcing that is recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and transport there the US Embassy. By doing so, he is overthrowing careful American policy on this thorny issue for decades and defying the warnings of many leaders in the region fearing the ignition of violence.
The recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel is casus belli for the Palestinian leaders who want East Jerusalem, which was captured by the Israeli forces in the Six Days War in 1967 and then annexed to becoming the capital of the independent state they envision.
“On December 6, 2017, President Trump will recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel,” said an official of the US government, on the condition of not being named, referring to the “recognition of a reality”, both historic and modern.
The White House President will also instruct the State Department to begin preparations for the transfer of the US Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. However, he will not set the timetable, as the process is expected to last for “years”, since it will need to find the right location, finance the project and build the facilities, according to the official.
US President Donald Trump will actually declare war if he recognizes Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, the Palestinian spokesman said today in Britain.
“If he says what he intends, that Jerusalem is the capital of Israel, that will be the kiss of death in the solution of the two states,” warned Manuel Hasanan speaking at the BBC radio station. He proclaims war in the Middle East, he is waging war against 1.5 billion Muslims and hundreds of thousands of Christians who will not accept the sacred places to be under the full hegemony of Israel,” he added.
Turkey warns Washington that transfer of US embassy is “serious mistake”
Turkish Foreign MinisterMevlüt Çavuşoğlu said today that it would be “a serious mistake” for the United States to transfer to Jerusalem their embassy in Israel and warned US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson about it.