"Jerusalem is at the heart of the issue for all Arabs and Muslims, who will defend their holy places", he insisted. In 1980 Israel declared a united Jerusalem as its capital. Later the American President ordered to transfer the American Embassy from tel Aviv to Jerusalem directly.
Israel considers the city its eternal and indivisible capital and wants all embassies based there.
Trump's aim had been to "foreclose the fantasy that somehow Jerusalem could be disconnected from the State of Israel", he said.
"In quiet acts of ethnic cleansing, Palestinian Jerusalemites are denied residency because of extended absences or because they have married residents of the West Bank", he wrote in America magazine. "Moving the US embassy to Jerusalem means giving the seal of approval to "facts on the ground" that despoil Palestinian Jerusalemites of their birthright".
Even as the world leaders reacted to President Trump's decision, the eight countries have called for an urgent meeting of the UN Security Council. Galant: "Following President Trump's historic declaration, I intend to promote and strengthen construction in Jerusalem".
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Guterres added that he had "consistently spoken out against any unilateral measures". Hamas, the Palestinian Islamist group that both Israel and the United States consider a terrorist group, has called for a third intifada, or uprising, against Israel.
While it's unclear what the long-term effects will be, Bethlehem saw violent protests that included Palestinians throwing rocks at Israeli troops shortly after Trump's announcement, the Daily Mail reported. "This will have serious repercussions on the Arab and Islamic region".
Trump said this marks the start of a "new approach" to solving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
"But it won't change the reality that Jerusalem is an occupied land which should return to the sovereignty of its Palestinian owners no matter how long it takes", it said.