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Strike across West Bank after Trump's Jerusalem move

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"Despite media portrayals giving the impression that evangelicals have one point of view when it comes to Israel, in reality there is a wide range of perspectives", Gary Burge, an evangelical New Testament scholar wrote in the Atlantic.

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas called the city "the eternal capital of the state of Palestine".

It was a simple fact that, for 70 years, modern Israel has made its capital in Jerusalem, Trump said.

"Jerusalem will remain the capital of Israel, and it must remain undivided".

"What struck me is that Trump supposedly got 81 percent of the white evangelical vote and he now has 72-percent approval, which means that white evangelicals are still tracking roughly what they voted", Henry Olsen, a senior fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center, told reporters during a panel discussion about the newly released survey. He did not name the countries he was referring to.

Jerusalem, he went on, is the heart of Israel's successful democracy - the location of the Knesset, the Supreme Court, the Prime Minister's Office and the President's Residence, he further stressed. "His name will now be held aloft, alongside other names connected to the glorious history of Jerusalem and of our people", he said in a speech at Israel's Foreign Ministry. "We have a state too, look around you, Mr. Trump".

"The recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel is unacceptable and represents a step toward the elimination of the Palestinian cause, which will not be allowed by Arabs and Muslims", the mufti said, calling to confront the Israeli enemy in various ways.

Is this part of the Trump administration's carefully conceived master plan for advancing the peace process? Such terminology is favoured by Israeli officials and would imply Israel's sovereignty over East Jerusalem. It is non-negotiable.

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said on Wednesday that there was no alternative to a two-state solution between Israel and the Palestinians and that Jerusalem was a final-status issue that should be resolved through direct talks.

Haniyeh called on Western-backed Abbas to withdraw from peacemaking with Israel and on Arabs to boycott the Trump administration.

Ali Nassereddine, a chef from the Shia suburb of Dahiyeh in south Beirut, claimed Trump's announcement had likely been coordinated with the Saudis and other allies, including the UAE. His predecessors, Bill Clinton, George W Bush and Barack Obama, had consistently put off that decision to avoid inflaming tensions in the Middle East. "For us, peacemaking and the pursuit of justice are very high virtues".

"He is declaring war in the Middle East, he is declaring war against 1.5 billion Muslims [and] hundreds of millions of Christians that are not going to accept the holy shrines to be totally under the hegemony of Israel", Manuel Hassassian, Palestine's envoy to the United Kingdom, told BBC radio in an interview Wednesday ahead of Trump's announcement.

Across so many groups, Arabs, Charedim, etc... it is almost always the vocal minority who are the rabble-rousers and the silent majority of really good people who suffer the consequences.

Jordan condemned Trump's recognition of Jerusalem as amounting to a violation of international law and the UN charter.

With healthcare still stuck in the long grass, with the wall unbuilt and various immigration policies still bogged down in legal argument, he needs to tick some boxes.

"I will do everything in my power to support the Israeli and Palestinian leaders to return to meaningful negotiations".

Strike across West Bank after Trump's Jerusalem move