US president Donald Trump plan to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel sparks concern across the Middle East. But this idea is not new. “It is no exaggeration to say that for Jews, recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital is an event of almost Biblical significance.”
Christian leaders in the Holy Land tell Trump that recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s capital “will yield increased hatred, conflict, violence and suffering in Jerusalem and the Holy Land.”
Trump said he intends to move the US Embassy in Israel to Jerusalem, despite a clear warning from the State Dept’s security arm that this would almost definitely lead to violent protests at US embassies & consulates, and endanger American diplomats across the world.
The State Department has instructed embassies worldwide to boost security, warning of possible violence in the days ahead.
The decision has sparked outrage across the Middle East, with Palestinian protesters burning photos and effigies of President Trump.