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Haley: Trump isn't deciding who controls East Jerusalem

07 Diciembre 2017

The US State Department sent warnings to its embassies around the world to increase security ahead of President Donald Trump's announcement on Tuesday that the US will recognise Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, according to Politico.

The move sparked frustrated Palestinians to cry out that the US president had destroyed already-fragile Middle East hopes for peace. State-run Anadolu Agency said Erdoğan was in contact with Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak, Tunisian President Mohamed Beji Caid Essebsi, and Iranian President Hassan Rouhani.

The Palestinian Islamist political organization and militant group urged "the youth and the Palestinian resistance in the West Bank" to "respond with all means available to the US decision that harms our Jerusalem".

Today, few of the travellers thronging Berlin's nightclubs and taking pictures of the wall's colourful remnants may know about Bonn - but the decision on which two cities became the capital actually came down to just a few votes in the Bundestag on 20 June 1991.

Jerusalem's status can only be resolved through direct negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said following Trump's announcement.

Palestinians have long seen East Jerusalem as the capital of their future state.

One official also said Trump would insist that issues of sovereignty and borders must be negotiated by Israel and the Palestinians.

The Palestinian Representative to Britain, Manuel Hassassian, said Trump's recognition of Jerusalem could be the beginning of violence again and the "kiss of death to the peace process". A government spokesman followed up on Wednesday to say "it is plunging the region and the world into a fire with no end in sight".

In an attempt to lobby against the move, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has called world leaders, including Pope Francis, Russian President Vladimir Putin and Chinese President Xi Jinping, according to one of his aides.

Another country - Myanmar (formerly Burma) - also has a remote capital city, and its one is four times the size of London.

While the move has been publicly welcomed by many Israeli politicians, it has the potential to unsettle Israel's warming relations with Sunni Arab nations at a time when they share an interest in countering the perceived threat of Iranian expansion in the region - as well as spark protests and torpedo the White House's nascent peace efforts.

Egypt, which forged the first Arab peace deal with Israel in 1979, rejected Trump's decision and said it did not change Jerusalem's disputed legal status.

Among the landmarks are the Palace of Peace and Harmony - a concrete and glass pyramid designed by Norman Foster that boasts a 1,500-seat opera venue. Nir Barkat, the city's mayor, said on Wednesday "here in Jerusalem and Israel we applaud the president" and if people became violent "they will pay a heavy price". Thousands of Israeli law enforcers are expected to be on duty in Jerusalem on Friday.

"Mr. Trump, Jerusalem is the red line of Muslims", Turkey's President Tayyip Erdogan said Monday.

A waiver has been invoked by successive US presidents, postponing the move on grounds of "national security" once every six months, meaning the law has never taken effect.

A U.S. official who spoke on condition of anonymity said it was standard to set up a task force "any time there is a concern about the safety and security of U.S. government personnel or U.S. citizens".

"Wrong steps in this direction would bring irreversible consequences", he said, adding that such a move could "bring a new conflict between religions".

Defense Secretary Jim Mattis and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson also reportedly cautioned that the move could endanger American diplomats and troops stationed in the Middle East and Muslim nations, The Associated Press reported.

Haley: Trump isn't deciding who controls East Jerusalem