In Gaza thousands flooded the streets and burned U. Israeli security forces braced for possible violence for days to come and the U. But Trump was unrepentant that he was doing the 'right thing'.'I have determined that it is time to officially recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel,' Trump said.The president previewed his 'big announcement' during a cabinet meeting, which he said concerns 'Israel and the Palestinians in the Middle East.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called Trump's policy shift 'historic' and quickly pledged to continue giving Muslims and Christians access to their sacred places in Jerusalem's Old City.Trump would effectively be making a declaration of war, the Palestinians' chief representative to Britain said Wednesday before the president's speech.'If he says what he is intending to say about Jerusalem being the capital of Israel, it means a kiss of death to the two-state solution,' Manuel Hassassian said in a BBC radio interview.'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,' Hassassian added. 'Jerusalem has been, and always will be, the eternal, undivided capital of the State of Israel.' But Democrats were openly critical. But the move is a priority for a group of Christian evangelicals who are strongly pro-Israel and are an important part of Trump's electoral coalition.Trump complained during a late morning cabinet meeting at the White House that 'many presidents have said they want to do something, and they didn't do it; whether it's through courage or they change their mind I can't tell you' Contested city: Jerusalem is the holiest city of three religions and until now, never recognized by the U. Trump's decision 'comes at the wrong time and unnecessarily inflames the region,' Sen. They see Mike Pence, the vice-president, as a leader and instrumental in Wednesday's announcement.'While previous presidents have made this a major campaign promise, they failed to deliver.Today I am delivering.''When I came into office I promised to look at the world's challenges with open eyes and very fresh thinking,' he said, leaning heavily on a mid-1990s federal law that demanded the embassy's relocation.'We have declined to acknowledge any Israeli capital – at all,' Trump added.Whether it's through courage or they change their mind I can't tell you.But a lot of people have said we have to do something, and they didn't do it.' The status of Jerusalem - home to sites holy to the Muslim, Jewish and Christian religions - has been one of the thorniest issues in long-running Mideast peace efforts.'It is the place where Jesus, a Jew himself, was crucified, and where he was resurrected.It is the place where he will set foot again on earth at his second coming.''President Trump told me when last we spoke regarding the embassy that he would not disappoint us, speaking of the evangelical community, and today he has kept that promise,' Hagee said, speaking in front of American and Israeli flags.A senior administration official said Tuesday that the president's decision to move the embassy in the long term 'is a recognition of reality.'While Israel welcomed the news, Palestinian officials declared the Mideast peace process 'finished' and Turkey announced it would host a meeting of Islamic nations next week to give Muslim countries' leaders an opportunity to coordinate a response. Israeli security forces braced for violence as well.The Pope made a plea for Trump to rethink urgently and spoke out at his weekly general audience in Rome .'I make a heartfelt appeal so that all commit themselves to respecting the status quo of the city, in conformity with the pertinent resolutions of the United Nations,' Pope Francis said. decision 'destroys the peace process,' added Palestinian Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah.