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

Responding to the wave of global criticism, the White House said in a press release that they take a position established before and during the Trump Administration.

The release states:

President Trump’s action enjoys broad, bipartisan support in Congress, including as expressed in the Jerusalem Recognition Act of 1995. This Act was reaffirmed by a unanimous vote of the Senate only six months ago.

Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel is the sole head-of-state in the Middle-East, announcing support of Trump. He posted on Twitter that “Jerusalem has been the capital of Israel for 70 years.”

Nonetheless, the roll call of leaders chastising Trump grows and governments begin to scramble for a backlash they say is sure to come. Immediately following the press conference, security warnings alerted American citizens at US embassies in Turkey, Jordan, Germany and Britain.

As well, half of the countries on the 15-member United Nations Security Council called for a meeting.

The British remain neutral on affairs.

Burn it Down

In the West Bank, the last piece of land occupied predominantly by Palestinians, civil unrest followed Trump’s remarks.

For two days, Palestinians marched in the street in demonstrations against Trump and Jewish control resulting in a bloody clash with Israeli police and military. A hundred injuries have been reported.

Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh responded to Trump’s alignment with Israel as a “flagrant aggression against the Palestinian people.”

In Amman, demonstrators marched, too.

Iranian authorities say that Trump’s plans potentially spark another intifada, while Israeli news says that an intifada is already underway.

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