JERUSALEM DECISION - DEC 2017
At the very end of last year, President Donald Trump came with big and bad news. He announced that he was going to move the U.S. embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, thereby recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. Jerusalem has been the topic of negotiations and protests between Palestinians and Israeli forces. This single statement prompted protests around the Middle East: Kuwait, Lebanon, the West Bank and Gaza in Palestine, Afghanistan, Jordan, Bethlehem in Israel, Turkey, Pakistan, Malaysia, Egypt, Indonesia, and Morocco. Of course, Israel and her Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu accepted and supported the decision of the US Leader, many other countries rejected his decision, and continued rallying support for a two-state solution.
I have determined that it is time to officially recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. I am also directing the State Department to begin preparation to move the American Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem... pic.twitter.com/YwgWmT0O8m— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 6, 2017
I fulfilled my campaign promise - others didn’t! pic.twitter.com/bYdaOHmPVJ— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 8, 2017
Due to this Trump Decision, the Palestinian Authority President, Mahmoud Abbas, declined to meet Vice-President Mike Pence.
Later before the end of the year, majority (128) of the United Nations General Assembly voted against Trump’s decision with most countries calling for a two-state solution.
9 voted for the decision and they are: Guatemala, Honduras, Israel, Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Nauru, Palau, Togo, and the United States.
56 countries declined to vote.
US Ambassador to the UN, Nikki Haley said the countries “disrespected” America by voting against the decision.
Once again, real estate magnate and former The Apprentice presenter, Trump dropped another bombshell by saying he will cut aid of billions of dollars to countries that voted against his decision.