Calls for uprising against Israel after Trump Jerusalem decision
President Trump’s decision to move the U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem sparked calls for a general uprising against Israel and violent demonstrations across the Middle East.
Extremist group Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh called for a third intifada on Thursday, saying his followers should make “Trump and the occupation regret this decision” to recognize the city holy to three religions as the capital of the Jewish state.
The group had called for a “day of rage” after the announcement before widening its goal and demanding a full-scale rebellion.
Palestinians rose up in demonstrations and violence during the first intifada in the late 1980s and early 1990s, followed by a second intifada stretching from 2000 to around 2005.
The Israeli military has said that it will send more troops to the Palestinian West Bank, which has had hopes of having east Jerusalem as the capital of its potential state, as mass protests are anticipated on Friday.
Israeli authorities have longed said that Jerusalem is the nation’s capital, though due to worries about upsetting the ongoing peace process other countries have kept their embassies in Tel Aviv.
Trump’s move Wednesday came despite repeated warnings from leaders in the Arab world and Europe that it would inflame tensions across the already troubled region.
President Trump said Wednesday that recognizing Jerusalem as the capital was the “right thing to do.”
Hundreds of Palestinians protested against the decision and burned pictures of Trump on Thursday, with other demonstrations in other parts of the Muslim world.
The European Union?s top diplomat Federica Mogherini said Thursday that “the announcement has the potential to send us backwards to even darker times than the one we are already living in.”
She added that it may have lessened the role that the U.S. will be able to play in the peace process.
Administration officials such as Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said that the capital decision merely recognized the reality on the ground, and that it would not affect the long-term prospects for a resolution.
With News Wire Services