Turkey's Erdogan declares US Jerusalem decision "null and void"

Turkey's Erdogan declares US Jerusalem decision

It is the headquarters of many government ministries.

While Trump insisted that the move was meant to acknowledge the current reality, and not prejudge negotiations on Jerusalem's status, it carried deep symbolic meaning and was seen by the Palestinians as siding with Israel.

Yet, for over 20 years, every previous American president has exercised the law's waiver, refusing to move the US embassy to Jerusalem or to recognise Jerusalem as Israel's capital city.

The Muslim leader also vowed to use 'all means' to reverse Trump's decision, which was announced earlier this week. Trump has given Mahmoud Abbas no corresponding gift, though the latter is far more vulnerable.

Anger and grief were on display in a Gaza hospital and at three funerals there - one for a Hamas member killed in an Israeli airstrike.

Israel, of course, has not rewarded this conduct. Despite the hardships, Palestinian Jerusalemites have been determined to revive their city. International opposition has been widespread, including America's closest allies in Europe. Its people are brilliant, proud, and diverse, vibrant and strong.

Jerusalem remains at the heart of the Israel-Palestine conflict with Palestinians hoping East Jerusalem - now occupied by Israel - might eventually serve as the capital of their future state. "I was there myself, four times", Khoury said. More and more, he told me, you hear calls for new elections, or for Abbas to resign.

"A decision like this without understanding the history, without understanding the intricacies of the impact of this decision is very bad", said demonstrator Al Suqi, of New Jersey. Trump's insistence that his declaration is realism, implying that it does nothing to disrupt the status quo, is part of the problem. The Israeli military said one protester was arrested. In that context, Sadat's 1977 visit to Jerusalem-in effect, recognizing the Western city as Israel's capital-was electrifying. Hundreds protested outside the U.S. embassies in Malaysia and Indonesia, and protesters also gathered in Baghdad, southern Lebanon and Iran, Hezbollah-affiliated Mayadeen TV reported.

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The agency said OPEC-member Caracas failed to make the payment within a 30-day grace period on global bonds due in 2023 and 2028. Three major opposition parties were boycotting the polls, alleging the election authorities were biased towards the socialists.

Hundreds of protesters poured out of Al-Azhar Mosque in Cairo after Friday prayers, some carrying Palestinian flags and chanting, "with soul, with blood, we will avenge you, oh Palestine". But the version of Israel that Netanyahu is trying to consolidate today does not need reassurance. It takes what it wants.

Erdogan has called for holding an extraordinary summit of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation on Wednesday in Istanbul, which he hopes to draw up a roadmap for Muslim nations to follow as they oppose the U.S. decision.

Palestinians burn an image of Trump during a rally in Jabalia refugee camp on Dec. 8.

Trump's announcement raised fears about a new wave of violence. Israel captured the eastern sector of the city in the 1967 Mideast war, along with the West Bank and Gaza, territories the Palestinians claim for their future state. In the West Bank, there were dozens of injuries, but no deaths. And he ordered an end to a program protecting young immigrants brought illegally to the kids, but gave Congress six months to find a way to protect them from deportation.

Why is China so worried about Trump recognising Jerusalem as Israel's capital? This is a long-overdue step to advance the peace process and to work towards a lasting agreement.

The Israeli military said it intercepted one of at least two projectiles fired from Gaza. But, now that the Assad regime has won a clear victory in Syria, the mood among Palestinians has changed. The days ahead, particularly Friday, will show whether a repeat of the last intifada, which stretched from 2000 to 2005 and killed thousands, is what the city is risking. But things have changed.

The president counts the successful confirmation of Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch as a key victory. "I would not have predicted violence in 2000 either".