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What does US recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital mean?

What does US recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital mean?

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, in a pre-recorded speech, said Jerusalem was the "eternal capital of the State of Palestine" and that Trump's move was "tantamount to the United States abdicating its role as a peace mediator".

U.S. facilities in the Middle East are bracing for possibly violent protests in the aftermath of the decision.

Several Democrats and Trump's Republicans hailed the move as long overdue.

"President Trump remains committed to achieving a lasting peace agreement between the Israelis and the Palestinians and is optimistic that peace can be achieved", a second official said.

Image copyright Reuters Image caption They could all be in Bonn. The announcement leaves many angry US allies and leaders across the Middle East trying to find a measured response and hoping that the tinderbox region is not destined for yet another round of bloodletting.

Whatever Trump's "ultimate deal" may offer - and whatever Israeli, Palestinian, and Arab leaders may offer in exchange - it likely won't represent his reality.

While number two House Democrat Steny Hoyer, a staunch Israel supporter, said Jerusalem as capital of the Jewish state is "a fact of history that cannot be denied", the party's leader offered words of warning.

But it's the lack of progress that led Abu Khalaf to apply for Israeli citizenship, a move that - though highly taboo and controversial within Palestinian society - a rising number of East Jerusalem's marginalized and frustrated residents are making, seeing it as the best of the bad options they have.

At the heart of Jerusalem's Old City is the hill which is known to Jews across the world as Har ha-Bayit, or Temple Mount, and to Muslims internationally as al-Haram al-Sharif, or The Noble Sanctuary.

Similar scenes were witnessed in the main square of Gaza City, where protesters waved national flags and pictures of late Palestinian president Yasser Arafat, and in the southern Gaza strip.

US President Donald Trump's announcement that the United States recognises Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and that it will move its embassy to the holy city has been widely condemned. This most unlikely of presidents, who came to office with no foreign policy experience and denouncing experts, was determined to show his arrival in Washington spells the end of business as usual.

"I have consistently spoken out against any unilateral measures that would jeopardize the prospect of peace for Israelis and Palestinians", Guterres said. The Palestinians want the eastern sector as the capital of their future state. He will continue to sign the waiver until preparations for the embassy move are complete.

He isn't planning to use the phrase "undivided capital", according to the officials. Around 80% of East Jerusalemites live under the poverty line, with unemployment high and the quality of schools and other city services low. Gabriel warned that the U.S. "will never be the same" post-Trump's presidency, and added that Germany should put its own priorities first when setting foreign policy.

Russian aggression in Ukraine will be top of the agenda at Tillerson's next stop on his European tour at the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe in Vienna on Thursday. The State Department has sent alerts to embassies and consulates in Muslim-majority countries last week to warn them of unrest, and the U.S. consulate in Jerusalem has warned employees and their families to limit personal travel.

But not this president, not Mr Trump.

"Jerusalem is a very delicate subject in the world of Islam", Yildirim said at a news conference in the South Korean capital, Seoul, the state-run Anadolu news agency reported.