On Wednesday afternoon, President Trump made a historic decision. A decision that will forever change the landscape of the Middle East and possibly the world. What happens next is anybody’s guess. But, we already know Hamas isn’t happy.
Reversing over six decades of foreign policy, the president formally recognized Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. “Today we finally acknowledge the obvious: that Jerusalem is Israel’s capital,” President Trump said, speaking from the White House. “This is nothing more or less than, a recognition of reality. It is also the right thing to do.”
Additionally, referring to his campaign promise, the president also announced that the U.S. Embassy in Tel Aviv will be moved. “While previous presidents have made this a major campaign promise, they failed to deliver,” said Trump. “Today, I am delivering.”
It’s worth mentioning that due to the time it will take to complete the process, Trump did sign the six-month waiver as past presidents have done. Acknowledging there will be “disagreement and dissent” over his decision, the president still called for “calm, for moderation, and for the voices of tolerance to prevail over the purveyors of hate.”
Unfortunately, peace is not likely to come. Criticism of the decision started flowing in before the official announcement was even made. Manuel Hassassian, chief Palestinian representative to Britain, warned that President Trump’s decision would hinder the peace process.
“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,” Hassassian told BBC radio. “He is declaring war in the Middle East. He’s declaring war against 1.5 billion Muslims (and) hundreds of millions of Christians…”
In addition to the myriad of warnings from Arab leaders, the Hamas terror group is a planning “a day of rage” on Friday. In an official statement in Arabic, the group called for all Palestinians to send a message to Israel:
“The youth and the Palestinian resistance in the West Bank need to respond with all means available, to the U.S. decision that harms our Jerusalem. Jerusalem is a red line and the resistance will not allow any desecration of it.”