Trump Recognizes Jerusalem As Israel's Capital; Middle East Prepares For Violence

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As expected, President Trump on Wednesday recognized Jerusalem as Israel's capital and announced plans to relocate the U.S. embassy there, a decision that is certain to inflame tensions in the region and throw a wrench in potential peace negotiations, paradoxically uniting the fractured middle east world against Israel and the U.S.

"I have determined that it is time to officially recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel," Trump said shortly after 1pm in the White House.

Trump said the announcement “marks the beginning of a new approach to conflict between Israel and Palestinians.”

As discussed earlier, Trump’s move reverses decades of American policy in the Middle East and alienates regional allies, even as the president has made brokering an elusive Middle East peace deal a key goal.

“This is a long overdue step to advance the peace process and work towards a lasting agreement”, Mr Trump said in his remarks. He added that he was directing the US State Department to develop a plan to move its Israel embassy from its current location in Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

Trump framed the decision as a way to put his own stamp on one of history’s oldest conflicts.

“The record is in: after more than two decades of waivers, we are no closer to a lasting peace agreement between Israel and the Palestinians,” the president said. “It would be folly to assume that repeating the exact same formula would now produce a different or better result."

The move showed Trump’s inclination to prioritize domestic politics over the desires of U.S. allies in the Middle East and Europe who warned the announcement could spark violence in a region that is already a powder keg.

"While previous presidents have made this a major campaign promise, they failed to deliver," the president said. "Today, I am delivering."

It will hardly play out that way.

As Bloomberg notes, leaders across the Middle East, including from Jordan, Egypt, Turkey, Saudi Arabia and the Arab League have also spoken out against the plan, and Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei called Trump’s plan a sign of U.S. “failure and impotence.”

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas and Jordan’s King Abdullah II, warned him the announcement would have “dangerous” repercussions for regional stability. Separately, the Palestinian delegate to the United Kingdom said on Wednesday that President Trump's move to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel signals "a declaration of war" in the region. “He is declaring war in the Middle East, he is declaring war against 1.5 billion Muslims, hundreds of millions of Christians that are not going to accept the holy shrines to be totally under the hegemony of Israel,” Manuel Hassassian told BBC 4 Radio's "Today."

The Turkish government’s spokesman on Wednesday said that the United States’ decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel will plunge the region and the world into “a fire with no end in sight”.

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said the “whole world is against” Trump’s move. He says that moving the embassy to Jerusalem would be a “grave mistake” and would “not bring any stability, peace but rather chaos and instability.”

Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has also blasted Washington's decision to relocate the US embassy to Jerusalem as a display of incompetence. "That they claim they want to announce Quds as the capital of occupied Palestine is because of their incompetence and failure," Khamenei said, using the Arabic name for Jerusalem.

The Syrian government also weighed in on the planned move. "[The move] is the culmination of the crime of usurping Palestine and displacing the Palestinian people," a Foreign Ministry official told state news agency SANA.

Palestinian Christians in Bethlehem were spotted burning photographs of Donald Trump and holding signs reading “Move the embassy to your country, not ours,” and “Jerusalem, Palestine's heart, is not up to negotiations.”

The declaration of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital carries deep symbolic significance and could have dangerous consequences. The competing claims to east Jerusalem, the section of the city captured by Israel in 1967, have frequently boiled over into deadly violence over the years. East Jerusalem is home to the city’s most sensitive Jewish, Muslim and Christian holy sites, as well as its 330,000 Palestinian residents.

The United States has never endorsed the Jewish state’s claim of sovereignty over any part of Jerusalem and has insisted its status be resolved through Israeli-Palestinian negotiation.

The mere consideration of Trump changing the status quo sparked a renewed U.S. security warning on Tuesday. America’s consulate in Jerusalem ordered U.S. personnel and their families to avoid visiting Jerusalem’s Old City or the West Bank, and urged American citizens in general to avoid places with increased police or military presence.

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White Devil's picture

I never thought I would agree with you. When you’re right you’re right...

lynnybee's picture

I can now say that I have seen it all.

Nothing is as it seems, it is all pre planned, orchestrated and deliberate. Wake up world to the truth as I have learned it to be during my years on this website.

I now know what’s really going on in this monstrously evil swindle.

One of We's picture

Some call it the mind of God, prophecy, etc.  From my reading the evil swindling gets worse before it gets better......

WolfgangCire's picture

trump = rotten to the core

Dumpster Elite's picture

Two things that are the same as trying to make two "NORTH" magnets attach to one another..."Peace negotiations" and "Middle East"...LOL!!!!!

Grumbleduke's picture

there's a word in the english tongue that fits this president:



and it fits the other assholes, too: Obama, Bush, Clinton, Bush, Reagan, Carter, Ford, Nixon, Johnson, Kennedy, Eisenhauer, Roosevelt, Satan.


BGO's picture

The only way THE ONLY WAY this turns out good is if every last American soldier leaves the Middle East the exact same day Israel takes control of Jerusalem. Let ME leaders sort out the ensuing mess.

unplugged's picture

that's pretty much why he did it - we are pulling out of the proxy wars - which would make Israel more vulnerable - which he just mitigated by putting our embassy in Jerusalem - everyone here needs to look at the really big picture and realize this is a big step in the right direction - those that can't see that big picture will downvote the shit out of me - go ahead be my guest but you are only revealing your own ignorance...

Posa's picture

Not really. The US intends to have a permanent presence in Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan and Kuwait... while underwriting the Israeli garrison state

msamour's picture

Perhaps there is a madness to his method, perhaps there is a method to his madness. I can kinda see what you are getting at, only this will only be realised if he imposes an equally tough solution on Israel as well as the Palestinians. Time will tell on this. If he pulls out the troops, and scales back the USAID, then perhaps we can see where he is going with this.


I hope he knows what he is doing, this place is about to go nuclear! If anything hits the Dimona nuclear reactor, I would recommend leaving the Middle East...

Brazen Heist's picture

The US role as mediator to any Middle East conflict is dead.

The best thing the US is good at is the business of conflict.

Surely there is hope somewhere between supporting ISIS and perpetrating non-stop war crimes for the Zionist cabal. I mean, do we really not know where all this is going? Its an empire in its death throes. An empire soon to be expended once the Zionist 5th columnists achieve their messianic wet dream, on the US tax payer tab! Ouch.

nicxios's picture

Man the anti-Trump shills are out in force today. Get fucked scumbags.

Dumpster Elite's picture

He poked a Jew-hatin' hornet's nest today! Yeeee-hawwww!!!! Gotta hate those hook-nosed, gold-hoardin', Christ-killin', don't worship the same way we do, joooooooooooos!

WFO's picture

You forgot warmongers, child trafficers, organ traffickers, white slavery traffickers, just to name a few dirty businesses they dominate. Perverts and mass murderers they are.

Davidduke2000's picture

Who is trump and who is the us to steal the Palestinian land and award it to the joos? yet trump pretend to be Christian. he is going to hell so fast for conspiring with the joos. 

scubapro's picture




Posa's picture

No. It's Bibi's adopted son Jared and Drump's Jewish daughter and grandkids

johnberesfordtiptonjr's picture

Thank God that we didn't get crooked Hillary. 

She would have disgraced the country on the international stage, started a bunch of wars, been a vassal of Israel, stacked her administration with Goldmanties, created a tax policy that would increase the deficit, supported all actions that increased the power and wealth of the plutocracy and corporatocracy to the detriment of 95% of the American public, engaged in massive self-aggrandizement, decreased retirement and health security for what’s left of the middle class, etc.  

Oh, wait. 

silverserfer's picture

we need to depopulate the world anyways, might as well be where all the assholes live. 

Jack Oliver's picture

Kill yourself - that would be a start

SubjectivObject's picture

tRump slips US a MICy

tRump sucks

cherry picker's picture

Maybe the people can launch a class action lawsuit against the people who voted for HRC and Trump.  The blue and red no longer have any connection to most of the people they claim to represent.

Bryan's picture

Good for him.  It's about time the US stood up for our ally Israel.  At least we have one ally in the Middle East.

wobblie's picture

We anti-democratic colonial scum need to stick together.

Posa's picture

You mean a millstone around our neck

SubjectivObject's picture


wake the phuk up

they're not our ally, they're our leaders

the e'f where you been?

Stolypin's picture

I differentiate between religious Jews, Jews who want aand now have a homeland  and the atheistic bankers and globalists who just happen to be cultural Jews.

Librarian's picture

>Middle East Prepares For Violence

I didn't know that the ME actually prepared for violence.

Do they set their alarm clocks an hour earlier or make kebab sandwiches the night before?

White Devil's picture

Every morning when I shit I see a bouncing baby politician.

Boscovius's picture

My baby politicians swim, but to each his own.

just the tip's picture

there is a bit of schadenfreude in this decision.  the joos get what they want.  and ZH get what they want with all the violence this is going to cause in the heart of israel.  maybe bibi will find out what bashar has gone through these past six years.  and i got a feeling this will go on long past six years.

. . . _ _ _ . . .'s picture

<...and would “not bring any stability, peace but rather chaos and instability.”>
Mission Accomplished.

TalkToLind's picture

We used to have a president who refused to use the term Islamic Terror.  Now we've got one who will refuse use the term Zionism.  

TalkToLind's picture

Bullshit.  Troll harder.

Posa's picture

Yeah. And a President who puts the interests of a bellicose apartheid state ahead of US national interests... Drump is already in hot water when Flynn was instructed to lobby for the Tribe at the UN...

Fundies's picture

The Ginger Patsy does it again. 

CRM114's picture

Trump said the announcement “marks the beginning of a new approach to conflict between Israel and Palestinians.”

..and that approach, to the Palestinians, is "F#ck You!"


Grand total of Palestinian Arabs and Syrian refugees resettled or even admitted by any Arab country except Jordan = Zero

So Trump is really just going along with local custom ;)

Deep Snorkeler's picture

Satanic Anarcho-Trumpism

1. tax cuts for the wealthiest

2. de-regulation for the greediest

3. soldiering for the poorest

wobblie's picture

The swamp drainer has gone the fartherest to fill it.

Will Liberals and Conservatives dump their masters now? Please?

AntiMatter's picture

No surprise here considering the ZioNazi mafia hijacked the US decades ago.

read and learn:

"[It is easy to see the Zionists control the world purely through their Gas Chambers Hoax. You couldn't keep that quiet unless you had absolute power, ditto Israel connection to 911, Iraq and Afghanistan wars.  Other evidence is Israel control of: the UK, USA (USA funding of Israel).." continue:

Mena Arkansas's picture

Hopefully the muslims will go beserk and destroy israel.

Time for americans to sit back and enjoy the show.

Much like the jews did during their attacks on gaza.

Fun watching bombing of Gaza. Jewish air force attacks non-Jews

Then we can turn our attention to the remaining sayanim traitors inside our gates.

Jack Oliver's picture

Proves the election was rigged - as usual !

Barry was ‘placed’ there to usher in the ZWO using his Sociopathic Narcisisstic ‘charm’ !!

TRUMP is just a ‘tool’ of an increasingly desperate Zionist Israel !

They don’t care how they are perceived by the world anymore !!

It’s now or never for them !

Quinvarius's picture

Islam doesn't deserve any of North Africa or the ME that it stole and ruined since 700AD.