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Rage! As Trump declares Jerusalem capital of Israel-photos

Ahead of the recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and the move of the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem lunchtime today by the US President Donald Trump, this is amidst wide spread criticisms by friends and foes of the plan.

Though an official had stated that it will take three to four years to build the US embassy in Jerusalem.

The Palestinians have described the Middle East peace process finished.

Meanwhile tension has escalated with the  burning of Israeli and US flags in Gaza.

Hamas has declared Friday as a ‘day of rage’

The Pope expressing his concern to thousands at his general audience asked that the status quo be maintained saying he cannot keep quiet about my deep concern about the situation that has been created in the last few days.

Trump reiterated his resolve for a two state solution even as the EU warned Trump against the declaration.

Israel and Palestinians are both claiming East Jerusalem as its capital.

Israel captured Arab East Jerusalem in the 1967 Middle East war and later annexed it. The international community does not recognize Israeli sovereignty over the entire city, home to sites holy to the Muslim, Jewish and Christian religions.

The Jerusalem Embassy Act of 1995 is a public law of the United States passed by the 104th Congress on October 23, 1995. It was passed for the purposes of initiating and funding the relocation of the Embassy of the United States in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, no later than May 31, 1999, and attempted to withhold 50 percent of the funds appropriated to the State Department specifically for “Acquisition and Maintenance of Buildings Abroad” as allocated in fiscal year 1999 until the United States Embassy in Jerusalem had officially opened.

The act also called for Jerusalem to remain an undivided city and for it to be recognized as the capital of the State of Israel. Israel’s declared capital is Jerusalem, but this is not internationally recognized, pending final status talks in the Israeli–Palestinian conflict. The United States has withheld recognition of the city as Israel’s capital

Palestinian burn a poster of the U.S. President Donald Trump during a protest in Bethlehem, West Bank, Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2017.



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