The leader of the militant group Hamas called on Palestinians to launch an intifada, the Arabic word for uprising, in the wake of President Donald Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.
“The American decision is an aggression on our people and a war on our sanctuaries,” Ismail Haniyeh said in a speech, according to an Associated Press report. He told his supporters “to be ready for any orders.”
“We want the uprising to last and continue to let Trump and the occupation regret this decision,” Haniyeh said.
Trump’s announcement Wednesday that the U.S. would recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and begin the process of moving its embassy there marked a significant shift in U.S. foreign policy, which had previously avoided taking a side on issues of sovereignty regarding Jerusalem. Palestinians would almost certainly seek to claim East Jerusalem, which was annexed by Israel in 1967, as its capital in any two-state peace agreement.
Trump was emphatic Wednesday that recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s capital was “nothing more or less than a recognition of reality” because the city is the seat of much of the Israeli government, including its legislature and supreme court. He said that the announcement did not represent a lessening U.S. …read more
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