U.S. President Donald Trump’s decision to officially recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel renders him the “most pro-Zionist” commander-in-chief to have ever held the high office, declared Iran’s state-controlled news agency Press TV, citing an analyst.
State sponsor of terrorism Iran does not recognize Israel’s right to exist and has continually threatened to destroy it. The Shiite powerhouse joined various predominantly Muslim countries, jihadist groups like al-Qaeda and the Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL), and Pope Francis in condemning President Trump’s decision.
On Wednesday, Trump announced that the U.S. will recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and has directed his administration to move America’s diplomatic mission from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.
“I have determined that it is time to officially recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel,” declared Trump. “While previous presidents have made this a major campaign promise, they failed to deliver. Today, I am delivering.”
Soon after Trump made his historic decision public, Keith Preston, director of attackthesystem.com, told Press TV:
This is not surprising that Trump would make this announcement. One thing that needs to be recognized about the Trump administration’s foreign policy is that the Trump administration is zealously pro-Israel.
The Trump administration is ardently pro-Zionist, even more, pro-Zionist than many past administrations have been, arguably the most pro-Zionist administration in U.S. history.
Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei contended that Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as a capital and move the embassy is a testament to America’s “incompetence and failure,” reports Al Jazeera.
Trump’s move would make the United States the first country to have its embassy in Jerusalem.
Echoing the king of U.S. ally Jordan, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas “warned of dangerous consequences such a decision would have to the peace process and to the peace, security, and stability of the region and of the world,” Nabil Abu Rudeina, the leader’s spokesperson, said in a statement, according to Al Jazeera.
Palestinians have designated East Jerusalem as the capital of their prospective state. Israel and the Palestinians have long been engaged in territorial disputes with Jerusalem as the epicenter of the ongoing Israeli-Arab conflict.
Jerusalem is home to the holiest ground of Judaism, Islam’s third-holiest shrine, and major Christian sites.
Trump’s decision has angered the Muslim world, which argues that it will exacerbate the Israeli-Arab dispute.
The decision has also prompted terrorist groups like ISIS and al-Qaeda (AQ) to threaten a bloodbath.
Rita Katz, the director of the SITE Intelligence Group, which monitors Islamic terrorist activity online, wrote on Twitter: “We should expect to see a long, ongoing campaign by jihadists about the move of the US capital in Israel to Jerusalem, including warnings and threats by jihadi leaders, as the matter is a major rallying point within the global jihadi movement across
#ISIS/ #AQ lines.”
4) We should expect to see a long, ongoing campaign by jihadists about the move of the US capital in Israel to Jerusalem, including warnings and threats by jihadi leaders, as the matter is a major rallying point within the global jihadi movement across #ISIS/#AQ lines pic.twitter.com/jzNYSygIgZ
— Rita Katz (@Rita_Katz) December 6, 2017
The Muslim Brotherhood, which has been linked to terrorist activities, also said in a statement written in Arabic, “The transfer of the U.S. embassy to Jerusalem classifies America as an enemy state, and all its interest will be subject to the political position of the interests of the Zionist entity.”
King Abdullah II told President Trump that his decision would have “dangerous repercussions on the stability and security of the region,” reports Al Jazeera, citing a statement from the Jordanian palace.
Jordan, the custodian of all Muslim and Christian sites in Jerusalem since the early 1990s, shares a border with Israel.
Shiite Iran’s regional foe, Sunni Saudi Arabia, also came out against moving the embassy to Israel.
Saudi King Salman also reportedly told the U.S. president that “any American announcement regarding the situation of Jerusalem prior to reaching a permanent settlement will harm peace talks and increase tensions in the area,” revealed a statement disseminated by the state-run Saudi Press Agency (SPA), reports Reuters.
The king reportedly expressed his support for the Palestinian people and their historic rights and asserted that “such a dangerous step is likely to inflame the passions of Muslims around the world due to the great status of Jerusalem and the al-Aqsa mosque.”