Evangelicals: The Real Reason behind Trump's Jerusalem Move

Evangelicals: The Real Reason behind Trump's Jerusalem Move

Trump's move not only unravelled longstanding U.S. policy and ruptured global consensus, it also threatens to trigger all sorts of consequences beyond the region.

"Jerusalem is a unique city, sacred to Jews, Christians and Muslims, who venerate the Holy Places of their respective religions, and has a special vocation to peace". The city is home to Israel's president, parliament and most government ministries. "Until then, we recognize no sovereignty over Jerusalem", it added.

In Indonesia, hundreds of protesters mostly clad in white were arriving outside the US embassy in Jakarta, capital of the world's biggest Muslim-majority country.

The announcement that the U.S. will move its embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem has been roundly condemned by almost every world leader except the Prime Minister of Israel. Jerusalem is an occupied territory. This has, in recent decades, overlapped with pro-Palestinian sentiment to produce a powerful rallying cry used by activists from Cairo to Jakarta and Lahore to Khartoum and Istanbul. The elite unit of Iran's Revolutionary Guard is called the Quds Force and militant groups in other countries have also appropriated iterations of the name.

Earlier in the morning, in a meeting scheduled before President Trump's intention was made known, Francis greeted a group of Palestinian religious and intellectual leaders, and renewed his call for a dialogue in the Holy Land that respects the rights of everyone living there.

Trump's declaration on Wednesday triggered wide criticism and opposition from Arab and Muslim countries.

The status of Jerusalem is one of the thorniest barriers to a lasting Israeli-Palestinian peace.

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Palestinians held protests on Friday in the West Bank, the Gaza Strip and East Jerusalem over the US move. Saudi Arabia's King Salman called the move "a unsafe step likely to inflame the passions of Muslims around the world".

"Trump has to understand that Jerusalem is not his to give and the decision for whatever status of Jerusalem should not come from America", said Ulya Aqamah bin Husamudin, a leader of the political party BERSATU.

American institutions and organisations in the region are braced for possible violent fallout.

In neighbouring Indonesia, the world's most populous Muslim-majority country, several hundred people demonstrated outside the U.S. embassy in the capital Jakarta, carrying placards that said "No to Trump" and unfurling a large Palestinian flag.

Muslims in Indonesia and Malaysia protested outside the US embassies Friday against President Donald Trump's decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital.

The Vatican and Israel established full diplomatic relations in 1994.

The ANC calls on both Israelis and Palestinians to take steps to urgently resume talks to restart the peace process.

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