By Ariane Sohrabi-Shiraz
The US President has been accused of putting the world on the brink of war after he announced Jerusalem would be recognised as Israel’s capital.
The US policy has been branded a “declaration of war”.
The move has been condemned throughout the world.
Many are worried the symbolic move will spark violence in Israel in the Muslim world.
Some have warned of the potential for violence and bloodshed.
What did Donald Trump say in his speech?
President Donald Trump announced on Wednesday, December 7, that the US now recognises Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.
The US is one of the first countries in the world to officially recognise Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.
Almost all countries are united in not recognising Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.
The exceptions are the Pacific Island of Vanuatu, and Taiwan.
However, Israel does not recognise Taiwan as a country.
Trump said the symbolic move was “a long overdue step” to advance the Middle East peace process between Israel and the Palestinians.
In his speech, he also approved the move of the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.
He added in his speech that the US still supported a two-state solution to the conflict between Israel and Palestine.
How could the symbolic move spark war?
Trump’s announcement has already sparked protests across the region, and will likely cause chaos and violence.
This has led to worldwide condemnation, anxiety and fear.
The leader for Palestinian faction Hamas, Ismail Haniya, has warned the US could trigger a Palestinian uprising against Israel.
He said: “We think this is an unaccountable gamble and an adventure that will not have a ceiling. The decision will be the beginning of a time of horrific transformations across the region.”
Hamas claimed Trump had “opened the gates of hell” and called for a “day of rage” across Palestinian Territories on Friday.
The announcement has sparked outrage in the rest of the world too.
Manuel Hassassian, The Palestinians’ representative to the UK, said Trump’s move was like a “declaration of war”.
He said the changes would amount to a “kiss of death” for the peace efforts.
Saudi Arabia called the move a “flagrant provocation to Muslims.”
Qatar’s foreign minister, Sheikh Mohammad bin Abdurrahman Al-Sani, branded the move “a death sentence for all who seek peace”.
He added that it is a serious concern for not only the Palestinian people, but all Arabs and Muslims.
Iran has also said the decision risked a “new intifada”, or uprising.
The Middle Eastern country added that the US had violated international resolutions.
Shops and schools in Jerusalem have already started closing today as a general strike was called.
On Wednesday night many took to the streets in protest.
What is the problem with declaring Jerusalem the capital of Israel?
Jerusalem plays an important role in the conflict between Israel and Palestine.
Israel has claimed Jerusalem its undivided capital, while Palestine claims the eastern half as its capital.
The rest of the world has stayed out of the conflict of Jerusalem while Israel and Palestine come to an agreement.
Trump’s move is seen as deciding on an issue that was supposed to be left to negotiations between the concerned parties.
Relocating the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem would be seen as another step towards Israeli sovereignty over the city.