Trump is Jerusalem, a decision defended amid Mideast game room

Palestinians clash with Israeli troops in Bethlehem, West Bank, Dec. 8, 2017.

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To recognize President Donald Trump the decision of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and eventually the U.S.-have continued to the Embassy of Tel Aviv’s impact on the Middle East on Saturday.

As the violence canceled for a third day in Gaza, the leader of the Egyptian Coptic Church and the Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas both plans for a meeting with Vice-President Mike Pence, while Pence visit to the region later this month.

A statement by the Coptic Orthodox Church in Egypt, said Trump’s decision to “not take into account the feelings of millions of Arab people.”

On Friday, the grand imam of Al-Azhar mosque in Cairo, also said he would not meet Pence, Egyptian media reported.

Saturday evening, the Arab League, in a statement calling Trump to reverse his decision, which he described as a “dangerous violation of international law.”

“The decision, which amounts to the legalization of occupation,” Ahmed Aboul-gheit, signed by the leaders of the Arab League, said in Cairo on Saturday to the start of an emergency meeting of League foreign Ministers.

The decision, he said, the question of whether Washington continues to be a peace mediator, not only in the Middle East, but around the world.

Tillerson: “Nothing is different”

The Trump administration appears to be no immediate public reaction to Saturday’s developments. But US Secretary of state, Rex Tillerson, on Thursday, Trump defended the decision, saying it called for some changes to what the US is already doing, and that the reactions in the Middle East were exaggerated.

“The reality is, as you Wake up today, after this announcement, nothing other than the President, is now the 1995 act will be implemented,” calls to move the administration, the U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem, Tillerson said, according to CNN.

US Secretary of Rex Tillerson

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Tillerson also noted that the planned relocation of the U.S. Embassy is unlikely quickly.

“We have to purchase a Website, we develop plans, we need to build a house,” Tillerson said, according to CNN. “So this is not something that will happen overnight.”

“We have to purchase a Website, we develop plans, we need to build a building. So this is not something that will happen overnight.”

– US foreign Minister, Rex Tillerson

On Friday, Tillerson, the idea rejected, that Trump would block the decision, which the Palestinians from the retention of a part of Jerusalem.

“In fact, he was very clear, I think, the final status of Jerusalem, including borders, would be to negotiate Links to the parties and decide,” Tillerson said, according to Reuters.

Violence in Gaza

Meanwhile, the violence continued in Gaza for the third day, according to Reuters.

Israeli air strikes killed two Palestinian militants on Saturday after militants rockets into Israel on Friday, had been declared a “day of rage” by Palestinian factions, the report said.

In Europe, pro-Palestinian demonstrators staged protests in Rome and in Paris, where the Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was scheduled to meet on Sunday with the French President, Emmanuel Macron.

Netanyahu: No condemnation for air attacks?

Netanyahu defends Trump the Jerusalem decision.

“I hear [from Europe] voices of condemnation on President Trump’s historic announcement, but I have not heard any condemnation for firing the missile against Israel who came [after the release], and of the terrible propaganda against us,” Netanyahu said, according to Reuters.

In Rome, some Italian demonstrators dismay expressed that Italy’s top Bicycle race, the Giro d’italia next year in Jerusalem.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu


Other protesters waved Palestinian flags, some chanted slogans against Israel. A participant held up a sign with the inscription “Jerusalem is the eternal capital of the state of Palestine.”

In Paris, tensions grew on the Place de la Republique demonstration, when pro-Israeli demonstrators, the rally approached, brandishing Israeli and US flags. The police separated the two groups and no further incidents were reported.

The Associated Press contributed to this story.

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