Hamas has said US President Donald Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and the decision to move the US embassy there, “opens the gates of hell”.
“Trump’s decision on Jerusalem will not succeed in changing the fact that Jerusalem is an Arab Muslim land,” a spokesperson for the militant group running Gaza noted.
The group has also repeatedly called for a Palestinian “day of rage” on 8 December as well.
The spokesperson said that “this decision is foolish and time will prove a that the biggest losers [from it] are” Mr Trump and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
The embassy will not move for at least another six months per a waiver the President signed, if not longer but the recognition of the capital breaks with US foreign policy practise of the last 70 years.
“It would be folly to assume repeating the exact same formula” would yield different results said Mr Trump, adding that the parties are no closer to a peace agreement.
Mr Trump called the decisions “long overdue” because Jerusalem is the “seat of the modern Israeli government.”
The Knesset parliament, supreme court, and several ministries are located there.
Republican Senator Lindsey Graham immediately tweeted his support of the President’s decision, writing: “I fully support the Trump Administration’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel because this statement reflects the reality on the ground for the last 3,000 years.”