Trump delays decision on Jerusalem amid growing criticism

A general view of the city of Jerusalem shows the Dome of the Rock mosque (C) on December 4, 2017.
A general view of the city of Jerusalem shows the Dome of the Rock mosque (C) on December 4, 2017.

Facing dark warnings of a historic misstep and widespread unrest, US President Donald Trump on Monday delayed a decision on whether to recognize Jerusalem as the Israeli capital and move the US embassy there.

The White House said Trump would miss a deadline to decide on shifting the embassy from Tel Aviv, after a frantic 48 hours of public warnings from allies and private phonecalls between world leaders.

The mercurial president has yet to make his final decision, officials said, but is expected to stop short of moving the embassy to Jerusalem outright, a central campaign pledge which has been postponed once already by the new administration.

“The president has been clear on this issue from the get-go: It’s not a matter of if, it’s a matter of when,” said White House spokesman Hogan Gidley, who said a declaration on the move would be made “in the coming days.”

Domestic politics may however push Trump toward recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s capital instead, in a gesture towards conservative voters and donors.

The status of Jerusalem is a key issue in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, with both Israelis and Palestinians claiming the city as their capital.

With Trump’s decision looming, leaders from across the Middle East and elsewhere ramped up public warnings against any shift in decades-old US policy.

Macron’s warning

French President Emmanuel Macron was among those who warned Trump that Jerusalem’s status must be decided “within the framework of negotiations between Israelis and Palestinians.”

Amid internal White House disagreements, several US administration officials were unable or unwilling to say with certainty what Trump would decide.

“The president’s going to make his decision,” his Middle East peace envoy and son-in-law Jared Kushner said.

Israeli’s defense minister Avigdor Lieberman urged Trump to grasp a “historic opportunity.”

But from elsewhere in the region the message was clear: don’t do it.

“If the status of Jerusalem is changed and another step is taken… that would be a major catastrophe,” Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Bekir Bozdag said.

“It would completely destroy the fragile peace process in the region, and lead to new conflicts, new disputes and new unrest.”

‘Threat’ to stability

All foreign embassies are located in Tel Aviv with consular representation in Jerusalem, and Trump was theoretically due Monday to decide whether to sign a legal waiver delaying by six months plans to move the US embassy from the Holy City — as successive administrations have done at regular intervals for more than two decades.

“The president is still considering options,” a State Department official said when asked about a possible move.

Trump is expected to begrudgingly sign the waiver for a second time at some point this week.

According to diplomats and observers, however, he may also make a speech on Wednesday announcing his support for Israel’s claim on Jerusalem as its capital.

The Arab League said it was closely following the matter, with leader Abul Gheit warning any such move would pose a threat “to the stability of the Middle East and the whole world.”

“It will not serve peace or stability, instead it will nourish fanaticism and violence,” he said on Sunday, noting that the League was closely following the issue and would coordinate a joint position with Palestinian and Arab leaders if Trump took the step.

Jordan’s Foreign Minister Ayman Safadi also warned that any change to the status of Jerusalem would have “grave consequences”, in a phone conversation with US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on Sunday.

It was crucial, he said, “to preserve the historical and legal status of Jerusalem and refrain from any decision that aims to change that status,” the official Petra news agency reported.

A move in waiting

In 1995, the US Congress passed the so-called Jerusalem Embassy Act recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and stating that the US embassy should be moved there.

But an inbuilt waiver, which allows the president to temporarily postpone the move on grounds of “national security”, has been repeatedly invoked by successive US presidents, from Bill Clinton to George W. Bush and Barack Obama, meaning the law has never taken effect.

Israel seized the largely-Arab eastern sector of Jerusalem during the 1967 Six-Day War and later annexed it, claims both halves of the city to be its “eternal and undivided capital.”

But the Palestinians want the eastern sector as capital of their promised state and fiercely oppose any Israeli attempt to extend sovereignty there.

Several peace plans have come unstuck over debates on whether, and how, to divide sovereignty or oversee the sites holy to Christians, Jews and Muslims.

‘Disqualifying’

Palestinian leaders have been lobbying regional leaders to oppose any shift in US policy and the armed Islamist movement Hamas has threatened to launch a new “intifada.”

Saeb Erakat, secretary general of the Palestine Liberation Organization, warned that a change in the US stance on Jerusalem would spell disaster, and would amount to an own goal for US peace efforts in the region.

He said in a statement that Washington would “be disqualifying itself to play any role in any initiative towards achieving a just and lasting peace.”

Trump has said he wants to relaunch frozen peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians in search of the “ultimate deal”.

(AFP)

  • Hannibal

    Split the city or internationalize it…

    • Y K

      Sorry, pal, but janitors’ advice on international affairs is not really appreciated. As opposed to that of taxi drivers. 🙂

      • Hannibal

        As long as I, the janitor, still doing your mom and affording paying her I am OK with being a Janitor. Once she ups her price, I may need to get a higher paying job. But recently she liked it so much that she refused to accept payments. Hell, she said to me to quit my job and come live with her while she covers all my expenses. Now THAT is a real woman 😉

        • Y K

          Now you sound not like a janitor, buddy, but rather like a janitor’s eleven-year-old child. And not a particularly smart one to boot. 🙂

          • Hannibal

            It’s OK, being eleven, it is uncanny how much she enjoys it… Is she a child molester as well?

          • Y K

            Yawn. Let me just take a leisurely leak on your appetizing mug, bud, then I’ll be off to greener pastures. One… two… three… four… done! And don’t forget to mop! 🙂

          • Hind Abyad
          • Rudy1947

            RT……..moving on.

          • Hind Abyad
          • Rudy1947

            What’s your point Hind?

          • Hind Abyad

            Genocide is in your genes destroying Middle East Arab-
            The Oded Niyon Plan while flooding Europe with millions Moslem migrants to cry Islamophobia and destroy the white race.
            The Coudenhove Kalergi plan is happening while you’re trolling here promoting more Wars go on cry “conspiracy theories” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qoehf7YcAHw

          • Rudy1947

            Oh dear, there little hope for you.

          • Hind Abyad

            There no hope for you troll.
            As for the Middle East and Beyond:

            “Surely, what’s happening now in Iraq and Syria must serve
            as a final wake up call that we have been led into a horrific situation in the Middle East by a powerful Lobby driven by
            the interests of one tribe and one tribe alone.”
            http://www.gilad.co.uk/writings/the-jewish-plan-for-the-middle-east-and-beyond.html

            “A Strategy for Israel in the Nineteen Eighties”
            by Oded Yinon
            This essay originally appeared in Hebrew in KIVUNIM (Directions), A Journal for Judaism and Zionism; Issue No, 14–Winter, 5742, February 1982, Editor: Yoram Beck. Editorial Committee: Eli Eyal, Yoram Beck, Amnon Hadari, Yohanan Manor, Elieser Schweid. Published by the Department of Publicity/The World Zionist Organization, Jerusalem.

          • Y K

            Atzmon is a silly lightweight. What’s Lasha Darkmoon’s take on this? And since you’re less illiterate in French than in other languages, why don’t you share some of Alain Soral’s wisdom as well?

          • Y K

            There’s absolutely none. Never has been. A Nazi can only be dealt with by connecting a boot (or a fist) with his/her/its mug.

          • Hind Abyad

            Boring spamming chief engineer

          • Y K

            Wrong, sista. No “chief” here. Just one little cog in the Zionist-run machine of global oppression created by the Matrix to make your life a living hell. Good to know they are succeeding, though. 🙂

          • Hind Abyad

            Succeeding in hell..hhh…

          • Hind Abyad

            Zionists will destroy the Planet. They will say they’re chosen on Mars

          • Hannibal

            LOL Good idea Hind… Since they are incompatible with this planet, they should make Mars their home. They have been evicted from every corner of Earth… You’d think they learn and leave this planet being alien to it and all.

          • Hind Abyad

            It’s their God chosen planet; “Mars, the bringer of War” ;-0

          • Hind Abyad

            “Greater Israel” constitutes the cornerstone of powerful Zionist factions within the current Netanyahu government, the Likud party, as well as within the Israeli military and intelligence establishment.”

            According to the founding father of Zionism Theodore Herzl,

            “the area of the Jewish State stretches: “From the Brook of Egypt to the Euphrates.”

            According to Rabbi Fischmann 1920.
            “The Promised Land extends from the River of Egypt up to the Euphrates, it includes parts of Syria and Lebanon.”

            When viewed in the current context, the war on Iraq, the 2006 war on Lebanon, the 2011 war on Libya, the ongoing wars on Syria and Iraq, the war on Yemen, the process of regime change in Egypt, must be understood in relation to the Zionist Plan for the Middle East. The following document pertaining to the formation of “Greater Israel” constitutes the cornerstone of powerful Zionist factions within the current Netanyahu government, the Likud party, as well as within the Israeli military and intelligence establishment.

            According to the founding father of Zionism Theodore Herzl, “the area of the Jewish State stretches: “From the Brook of Egypt to the Euphrates.” According to Rabbi Fischmann, “The Promised Land extends from the River of Egypt up to the Euphrates, it includes parts of Syria and Lebanon.”

            When viewed in the current context, the war on Iraq, the 2006 war on Lebanon, the 2011 war on Libya, the ongoing wars on Syria and Iraq, the war on Yemen, the process of regime change in Egypt, must be understood in relation to the Zionist Plan for the Middle East.”
            http://www.globalresearch.ca/greater-israel-the-zionist-plan-for-the-middle-east/5324815

          • Y K

            Her only point is that she hates Jooz and blames them for all possible evils – both global and personal. I hope that at least she’s correct about the latter and they actually did something to her to pi$$ her off. :-).

          • Hannibal

            This Specter character is sooo ugly inside and out I can use her as a scarecrow in my back yard. 😉

          • Hind Abyad

            Terrifying, and it’s happening.

          • Y K

            “and it’s happening”

            The Jooz are destroying you (or what’s left of you) from within and from without. That’s a real friggin’ tragedy. 🙂

          • Hannibal

            Listen Ya ibn el alf manyouKe, STOP making it about the jooz… STOP feeding the schism between the religions. Zionism IS the CANCER and you know it. Zionism is behind all wars… Besides that you are the epitome of a fartbag. So go away and stop trolling. I live in the US in a liberal town and everyone here including the jooz recognize your ilk to be cancerous and on top of that (la creme de la creme) the Americans are on to you. Remember Germany before WWII this is where they are at mentally. So have fun with that.

          • Y K

            “Zionism IS the CANCER and you know it.”

            “[T]he Americans are on to you. Remember Germany before WWII this is where they are at mentally. ”

            Dunno about “Zionism”, pal, but your – and other Arab Nazis’ – malignant clinical stupidity certainly is cancerous. And no use pretending you’re the new normal in the civilized world. You are not. Arabomuslim shitholes are another story, but that’s precisely the problem we’re talking about. 🙂

          • Hannibal

            Keep repeating: “Zionism IS the CANCER” over and over… it will sink in eventually.
            There is that saying: Repeat a sentence to a donKeY many times and eventually it will remember it.

          • Y K

            ‘Keep repeating: “Zionism IS the CANCER” over and over’
            Whatever turns you on, bud. Frankly, I don’t really care which mantras you choose to repeat, or jerk off to. True, this particular one ain’t too therapeutic in your case; your ilk will never get better until they recognize how abysmally inferior they are. But then again, healing you isn’t really my priority. 🙂

          • Hannibal

            Coming from the racist “chosen people” of course you have hallucinations about others being “inferior”. Speaking of others being inferior I remember in my history class something about a nation that thought they were superior and the others inferior… Who is that? Who is that? well it escapes me for the moment but I could have sworn it was somewhere in Europe in the 40s… I will go back to my history book and check it out.

          • Y K

            “Coming from the racist…”

            Logorrheic Nazi morons are not a race, pal. Even though they are a particularly inferior pile of genetic garbage.

          • Hannibal

            Aren’t we a little irked today? I understand finding yourself within the same category as Nazi Germany is concerning. Now it is the time for an inner reflection. Sieg Zion Heil! 😉

          • Y K

            Irked? Why would I be? Drinking coffee now. 🙂

          • Hind Abyad
          • Hind Abyad

            Zionism IS the CANCER.

          • Hannibal

            Zionism IS the CANCER… Hezbollah is the Chemo. LMAO

          • Hind Abyad
          • Hannibal

            Bennett’s problem is his nose…

          • MekensehParty

            tse tse tse
            language ya air
            yek yek yek

          • Hannibal

            yup I am a fresh breeze of air… 😉 but you YeK you are the ayr. yek yek yek
            It is a breeze to be Lebanese… yek yek yek

          • Rudy1947
          • Hind Abyad

            MeKecoward is careful.. wants to keep his newfound friends..;-) YuK.

          • Rainbow Sponge

            “MeKecoward” is that a McDonald’s burger?

          • Hind Abyad
          • Rainbow Sponge

            Must be a hard day for you sweetie. Take it easy now, we know you’ve been spreading palestinian propaganda on the internet since 1996 (and probably on typewriters before that), this is probably the worst news ever xoxo

          • Hannibal

            Hey Rainbow,
            I know you’ve been in the US for a while now… So, you’re used to the culture of usurping land. After all, we Americans stole the Natives land and destroyed nations. As a matter of fact we are still doing it. As recently as a week ago, we attacked the Natives again by shrinking the national monuments lands in Utah which will decimate what is left of the Anasazi’s culture and history. So why worry about the Natives of Palestines. It is our culture to destroy even in modern time. The funniest one is Thanksgivings, while the pilgrims killed all the Massasoit tribes we celebrate the “stealing and plundering and slaughtering” with… Wait for it… A holiday… YAAAY.
            If you were to study the history of the Middle East, the real history, not that of the mythology propagated today, you will know that your own ancestors, were decimated many times, like during the wicked Ottomans’ rule. We prevailed and we remain, the same people. We did not come from any other land but evolved to adopt different religions. By this logic, how many moslems today in Palestine have “Hebrew” blood? How many Christians converted to Christianity from Judaism? I won’t answer that but know that after atheist Rome Christianity took hold over most of the Middle East. As a matter of fact, it became so much “a la mode” that there is tons of evidence that the Arabian peninsula converted briefly to it and clashed with the native Jews as well as pagan Arabs, and history (suppressed by KSA) tells us that they were rescued many times by Christian Ethiopia.
            So simplify the problem as much as you want but know that you are supporting a state that claims to be Jewish but of European descent and they had NOTHING to do with Palestine proper because the real Jews are already there represented by Palestinian moslems and christians and Arab jews.
            I was never a fan of Palestinians politics. In their desperation they made many mistakes. Like “the road to Jerusalem is through Jounieh… Someone lost his compass back then. His name was Arafat. But I blame two countries ONLY for their struggle: Jordan and Egypt. Those countries created the problem for them because they wanted to control their land and refused to negotiate with Israel.
            Now the events progressed to an impasse, I think like MOST of the planet that a side by side two states solution with an internationalized capital (Jerusalem) for both nations is the best solution. Actually if both have claim jointly to the city they can heal the past.
            Thank you for listening…

          • Rainbow Sponge

            Regardless (and there’s truth to what you wrote), Israel’s government is in Jerusalem. Foreign leaders and ministers meet with Israeli leaders in Jerusalem, including Egypt’s Anwar al-Sadat who gave a speech in the Knesset 40 years ago. President Trump’s announcement is nothing other than a recognition of a reality that has existed for 70 years.

          • Rudy1947

            Palestine is in Texas and the capitol is Austin.

          • Hind Abyad

            We know.

          • Hind Abyad
          • Hannibal

            The viper sons of Satan dancing on the misery of others…

          • Hind Abyad
          • Hind Abyad

            Idiotic posts

          • Hind Abyad
          • Hannibal

            Spot on…

          • Y K

            I have no interest in poisoning you, sweetie. On the contrary, curing – or at least alleviating – your condition might save the Rothschilds a few bucks, currently wasted on your hitherto ineffectual psychiatric treatments. That’s why I suggest going the way of electroshock therapy. 🙂

          • Hind Abyad
          • Y K

            Myshkin was actually the smartest person in the novel. Even if you actually read the book, you understood nothing from it. Which is not surprising in the least.

          • Hind Abyad

            Ya i know..but you’re the opposite, with no gifts.
            The power of talking about nothing

          • Y K

            I have one gift that keeps on giving: pissing you off. 🙂

          • Hind Abyad

            God gifted you with idiocy.

          • vs

            It is ugly to see someone say was read humanist Dostoevsky and stay deeply illiterate and hateful in the end like fool Abyad

      • Hind Abyad

        Va te faire foutre..oh sorry..go fry an egg inane poster

  • man-o-war

    Is this Jared Kushner’s strategy to bring “peace” to the Middle East? I can see this working well. Glad to see we finally have an unbiased peace broker

    • Hannibal

      Actually Jared was undermined by Trump… To keep his job Trump had to keep his promise and therefore decided to make his infamous announcement. Jared was against it because he knew that his efforts will be useless after that. However, people are ignoring the fact that Trump is using his own philosophy from his own book, “The art of the deal”. Behind the scenes, he is planning to force the Palestinians to the negotiation table so he has a leverage on both parties. On one hand it is a lip service to Israel which will terrify the Palestinians and on the other hand he will sign the waiver indefinitely until Israel complies with his demands like pulling altogether from East Jerusalem. That being said, my opinion is that it will backfire big time and innocent people from both sides will pay the price. I hope I’m wrong.

      • Y K

        A surprisingly not-insane comment from you, pal. New drugs? 🙂

      • man-o-war

        You aren’t wrong, my guess is there will be mass protest and riots starting shortly after Friday prayers leading to death and destruction. What we’ve learned from past years is that Israel will take take take with one hand, and talk peace with the other hand. Israel will never pull from East Jerusalem or the West Bank. Nothing will change, Palestine will continue to shrink away into the history books.

        Have you read the thoughts of the guy who really wrote “The art of the deal” , Tony Schwartz, he has a lot to say about dump.

  • Niemals

    Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas said Donald Trump called to tell him he plans to recognize Jerusalem.
    US recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s capital does not calm the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

    Trump tells Abbas he will move US embassy to Jerusalem https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/8b9ad1d3715f55f96c529dbf75804357c02ee0287cf7719356d8be354027f8f7.jpg Abbas gave Trump warning of “dangerous consequences” of such a move

    https://twitter.com/noa_landau/status/938084772613586945
    EU warns Trump against recognizing Jerusalem as Israeli capital https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/d7366efd8d48e4c60f528ff927d206cf2f85e6470cd5a430d324edd5ce8f360d.jpg Sigmar Gabriel (Außenminister) warned the US about the dangers of moving the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

  • Niemals

    Abbas gave Trump warning of “dangerous consequences” of such a move, Hind Abyad‏ @AbyadHind tweeted the following;
    “Trump’s embassy decision: Palestinians declare three ‘days of rage’ across West Bank; Arab world outraged” adding the “Zionist Jews Happily Brag About Being At The Center Of The Muslim Invasi… ”
    https://twitter.com/AbyadHind/status/938128931110170624

    Hind declare three ‘days of rage’, because of Donald “Twitter” Trump’s plans to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.
    Talk about one with the eternal Jew hatred.

    • Hind Abyad

      Why the Hell don’t you use your own Twitter Imbecile?

  • Hind Abyad

    WATCH: Netanyahu Speaks Ahead of Trump’s Recognition
    on of Jerusalem as Israel’s Capital
    https://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/1.827099

  • Niemals

    Trump says…. the U.S. would support a two-state solution if agreed to by both sides.
    US President Donald Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital sparked a Palestinian general strike and a call for a new intifada as fears grew of fresh bloodshed in the region.
    What happens when one side has all the power, holds millions under a brutal military dictatorship, and doesn’t want a two-state solution?

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/94b709dd7e53ff1e7cf27f058239b15aaec6f443f6dd848e4a4b1a84f8d6fef4.jpg Israeli police detain a Palestinian protestor outside Damascus Gate in Jerusalem’s Old City on December 7, 2017.