The much anticipated move by President Donald Trump to recognize Jerusalem as being the capitol of Israel, and declaring he would move the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, came to pass this week.
While Muslim countries in the Middle East, or the Arab League, set an emergency meeting this upcoming weekend to strategize a response to the news.
The Palestinian Authority said that the peace process was officially “finished,” the terror group Hamas called for a “day of rage” Friday, which will lead many to expect the Islamists to strike Israel, or American interests abroad.
“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,” Hamas said in a statement. “Jerusalem is a red line and the resistance will not allow any desecration of it.”–Palestinian Authority
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu tweeted a video in response to President Trump’s announcement:
A bipartisan show of support for President Trump by American politicians, included members of the US Congress from Florida.
“Jerusalem is without question the capital of Israel and I commend the President’s decision to recognize it as such. Denying simple, obvious truths is not a strategy for peace. With this decision we are not only standing by our ally, but also recognizing the freedom of all major faiths to continue worshipping in Jerusalem.”–Rep. Carlos Curbelo (R)
“The President’s decision today is a recognition of existing U.S. law that Jerusalem is the capital of Israel and that the U.S. embassy should ultimately be located in the capital. There is no debate that the Jewish people have a deep-rooted religious, cultural and historic tie to Jerusalem, and today’s decision reaffirms that connection.
The fact is that Jerusalem – an ancient and holy city to all three monotheistic faiths – will remain the capital of the Jewish state in any iteration of a negotiated two-state solution. Today’s decision does not preclude our shared goal of two states for two peoples to be negotiated between the parties themselves. Now is the time for urgent progress towards the President’s stated objective of achieving a real and lasting peace.”– Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R) and Rep. Ted Deutch (D), joint statement
“I am pleased by President Trump’s bold decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. It is well past time that our embassy is moved to its rightful home. Though many may be upset with the decision, or even use this as an excuse to incite violence, we must remember that Jerusalem is the country’s true capital. I commend the administration for its resolute commitment to our allies.”–Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart (R)