TOPSHOT - Palestinian protesters evacuate a wounded demonstrator during clashes with Israeli troops following a protest against US President Donald Trump's decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, near the Jewish settlement of Beit El, near the West Bank city of Ramallah on December 7, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / ABBAS MOMANI

West Bank woes after Jerusalem declared Israeli capital

Global Backlash

Tutu is one of many leaders expressing open disapproval of Trump’s decision. In a resounding discord, government heads and officials claim that Trump disrupts a peace process already arduous and unstable.

French president, Emmanuel Marcon voiced disagreement, expressing support for “the two-state solution, Israel and Palestine, living in peace and security, with Jerusalem as the capital of the two states.”

On Twitter, Lebanon’s Prime Minister Saad Hariri posted a statement saying that he “abhors” Trump’s decision, while the president of the country claims that stability is threatened.

Whereas Jordan government says that the move “consolidates the Israeli occupation,” Mahmoud Abbas, Palestinian Authority president, says Trump’s claims do not hold any legitimacy in an avowal emphasizing that Jerusalem is the “eternal capital of the State of Palestine.”

In a statement, Iraqi prime minister said, “Jerusalem is the title of coexistence between all religions and nations, and no country has the right to legitimize the occupation, go beyond the UN resolutions and affect the legitimate rights of Palestine”.

Iran’s leaders rebuked Trump, as well as Bahrain and Egypt.

Qatar’s foreign minister, Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al Thani, called the decision a “death sentence.”

Even the European Union and United Nations condemn Trump.

Political Bedfellows

Trump’s announcement raises speculation in the US because of his personal ties to Israel. His son-in-law Jared Kushner comes from a family that is active in Israeli hegemony.

Investigators at American Bridge shared with Newsweek that Kusher led a foundation that built Jewish settlements in Palestinian territory illegally.

Last week, in the Special Counsel investigations of see if Trump is linked to Russia’s involvement in the 2016 US presidential elections, Michael Flynn testified that Kushner asked him to speak with a Russian official to postpone or stop a United Nations Security Council resolution condemning Israeli settlements in the West Bank.

However, Trump is not backing down from his decision.

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