JERUSALEM — Arab international ministers met in Egypt on Saturday to debate their response to President Trump’s choice to acknowledge Jerusalem because the capital of Israel. The proposed U.S. embassy transfer introduced Wednesday has set off a wave of anger within the Palestinian territories.
There’s nothing diplomatic about these exchanges on the streets: It is rocks and firebombs vs. tear fuel and rubber bullets.
Clashes between Palestinian protesters and Israeli safety forces continued Saturday following.
Anger and grief have been on show in a Gaza hospital and at three funerals there — one for a Hamas member killed in an Israeli airstrike. That strike was launched in retaliation for rockets fired by the Islamic group.
Within the West Financial institution, Bethlehem is normally referred to as the birthplace of Jesus, however this vacation season it is a battleground.
“Mr. Trump is placing gasoline on hearth,” mentioned Mohammed Salahab, who has had a store within the Outdated Metropolis of Jerusalem for almost three a long time.
This yr was one among his finest, however he worries vacationers might be scared away.
“That is the very last thing we’d like from Mr. Trump,” Salahab mentioned. “When he get in energy, he saved promising all people that he going to convey peace — he’s going to convey a lot bloodshed into the area.”
On the opposite facet of city, some Israelis informed us they’re fearful.
“We’re used to violence right here,” mentioned Uzi Sharabi.
Sharabi is one among many who’re defiant and grateful for any U.S. help.
“The Palestinians additionally see Jerusalem as a really holy place — this isn’t their capital. Capital of Israel!” Sharabi mentioned.
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas won’t meet with Vice President Mike Pence on an upcoming journey to the area. And now a Christian group within the area — Egypt’s Coptic Orthodox Church — mentioned it additionally wouldn’t meet with the vice chairman when he visits that nation, calling the U.S. transfer “inappropriate and with out consideration for tens of millions of individuals.”
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