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Trump's plan to acknowledge Jerusalem will destroy the city itself

Trump's plan to acknowledge Jerusalem will destroy the city itself

US President Trump provoke widespread fury across the Middle East by announcing that the US will formally recognise Jerusalem as the capital of Israel under his administration.

Pittsburgh-area religious groups expressed concern Wednesday over a controversial move by President Trump to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital.

"My longstanding view is that Jerusalem is and will remain the undivided capital of Israel, and it should remain a city accessible to people of all faiths", Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, a Weston Democrat, said in a statement Wednesday.

Incessant rain dampened reaction on both sides, with a planned celebration in one of the city's main squares canceled and Palestinian protests remaining limited, although a demonstration took place in the Gaza Strip. The Palestinian president, Mahmoud Abbas, warned of "dangerous consequences" to the peace process, while Jordan's King Abdullah II, the royal palace said, cautioned against the move, "stressing that Jerusalem is the key to achieving peace and stability in the region and the world". In a letter released to Trump on Wednesday, a group of 13 Christian patriarchs and heads of churches in Jerusalem urged the president not to make any changes on the status of the city that could compromise the region's tenuous peace.

Russia considers a possible solution to be a Jerusalem that is the capital of two states: East Jerusalem as the capital of a future Palestinian state and West Jerusalem as the Israel capital. Instead, it seems to me that Jerusalem's actual residents have at least this in common: They love the city more than they wish to shape it in their image. 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?!"

Nay Pyi Taw was built in 2005 as an isolated refuge for the paranoid military government, at a time before the country began its rocky transition to democracy.

Soon after his inauguration, Trump assigned Kushner and Greenblatt to try to re-start stalled peace talks between the Israelis and Palestinians. Iranian-backed forces have several times attacked or imperiled US forces operating in the Middle East. "Pretty sure it will be temporary", said a senior White House official, who acknowledged that the President's peace team has not spoken with furious Palestinian officials since the Trump's announcement.

Most western European countries will be deeply alarmed by US recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital.

In 2015, Palestinians made up 37% of the city's population of about 850,000. Israel has de facto control of the city since seizing its eastern part from Jordan in 1967, but the international community has refused to recognize that authority.

"Welcome to Jerusalem, the capital of Israel, if you weren't aware of it. We have been aware of this for 3,000 years", he said at the event.

"Today, more than 80 percent of our citizens are cold towards the United States and they are right to be so", Yildirim said, without giving a source for the figure. "It is not something new, but it is an important but understandable step by the administration".

But Trump was not cowed by criticism, insisting that the move was "a major campaign promise" during the 2016 election.

An Ultra Orthodox Jewish man holds a shofar (ram's horn) with the golden Dome of the Rock Islamic shrine behind on December 6, 2017 in Jerusalem, Israel.

"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. "We know there will be some short term pain, but think it will help in the long run".