Hamas Threatens Day of Rage Over Trump Jerusalem Decision
Hamas is calling for a day of rage in response President Donald Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as the Capitol of Israel and the decision to move the US embassy there.
Hamas—an internationally recognized terror group, who operates primarily in the Palestinian controlled area of Gaza—sent out its spokesman after Trump’s announcement Wednesday with a declaration that he had opened the “gates of hell.”
Trump’s decision on Jerusalem will not succeed in changing the fact that Jerusalem is an Arab Muslim land.
The day of rage, is scheduled for 8 December, as Hamas called the decision to designate Jerusalem a “red-line” crossing that would be met with a response.
The youth and the Palestinian resistance in the West Bank need to respond with all means available to the US decision that harms our Jerusalem. The resistance will not allow any desecration of it.
The spokesperson went on to predict “the biggest losers” in the outcome of the momentous decision as being Mr Trump and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
Trump will certainly not be swayed by such assertions from these terror groups, who have been among the major reasons why any peaceful resolution to the Israel-—Arab conflict has yet to be realized. They advocate for the total destruction of Israel, and are on record as being opposed to any deal.
For his part, the President indicated that critics who are saying such a decision is going to hamper any peace deal in the future are being naive and wedded to the failed policy of the past, calling the decisions “long overdue” because Jerusalem is the “seat of the modern Israeli government.”
The Knesset parliament, supreme court, and several ministries are located there, so this move is “nothing more or less than recognition of reality.”
Trump’s decision drew bi-partisan praise here at home, but most of the criticism came from abroad.
Turkey’s Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavasoglu posted on twitter that the decision was “irresponsible” and “against international law and relevant UN Resolutions.”
A spokesperson for United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said:
Jerusalem is a final status issue that must be resolved through direct negotiations between the two parties on the basis of Security Council & General Assembly resolutions.
Not surprisingly, Senator John McCain echoed that sentiment.
Trump insisted that he is still committed to the peace process, and even a two-state solution, and touted his new efforts at establishing a new tone of cooperation with the Arab world that has been one of the major accomplishments of his presidency thus far. Part of that new tone involves establishing the Arab nations as partners in trade, in exchange for their efforts to lead the fight against radical Islam. His decision to visit Riyadh, Saudi Arabia at the beginning of his term was an effort to re-establish the nation that had traditionally been the regional hegemony for Arabs.
Those efforts are proving quite effective, and have increasingly made terror groups like Hamas even more isolated than they were before, as the voices of moderate Muslims are being exalted by not just Trump, but the major political leaders in the region. This is not the same Middle East of yesteryear, and Trump has re-set the table of peace for regional players, but still invites all players to take a seat nonetheless.
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