Hundreds of Palestinian gathered in Gaza City and Ramallah on the West Bank brandishing Palestine flags and placards protesting the controversial announcement.
On Wednesday night Palestinian Christians gathered in Bethlehem and burned placards featuring Trump’s likeness because they believe that Jerusalem is Palestine’s heart which cannot be negotiated over.
A senior officer informed that President Trump will make the announcement at 1pm (6pm GMT) from the White House. Trump will also tell about his planning to move the US embassy from Tel Aviv (a city near Jerusalem) to Jerusalem. Yesterday, Rami Hamdallah (the Palestinian prime minister) said Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital is bound to ‘destroy the peace process and the two state solutions. He met with European diplomats on Wednesday to discuss a two state solution. He said that Trumps’ statement about the shifting of embassy will fuel conflict and increase violence in the entire region.
America’s consulate in Jerusalem warned US 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.
Further warnings from world leaders came on Wednesday, from Pope Francis, British foreign minister Boris Johnson and China.
‘I cannot silence my deep concern over the situation that has emerged in recent days. Jerusalem is a unique city, sacred for Jews, Christians and Muslims,’ Pope Francis said yesterday.
Jordan and the Palestinians also called for an emergency meeting of the Arab League in Cairo, with a diplomatic source saying it was likely to be convened on Saturday.
The move of the US embassy to Jerusalem was a frequently repeated promise that Trump made during his presidential election campaign.
Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital could be viewed as America discarding its longstanding neutrality and siding with Israel at a time that the president’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner, has been trying to midwife a new peace process into existence.
Trump desired for a ‘deal of the century’ that would end Israeli Palestinian conflict.
The president was not planning to use the phrase ‘undivided capital,’ according to some officials.
Jerusalem includes the holiest ground in Judaism. But it’s also home to Islam’s third-holiest shrine and major Christian sites which forms the combustible center of the Israeli Arab conflict.
Any perceived harm to Muslim claims to the city has triggered volatile protests in the past, both in the Holy Land and across the Muslim world.
French President Emmanuel Macron said Trump that Jerusalem should be determined through negotiations on setting up an independent Palestine alongside Israel.
EU foreign policy Chief Federica Mogherini met US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson in Brussels. He said in that meeting that actions undermining peace efforts must be absolutely avoided.