Jerusalem is the capital of Israel - Josh Ravitch

Heavy police presence in front of the US embassy building in Amman

Heavy police presence in front of the US embassy building in Amman

With his senselessly provocative declaration that the United States will recognise Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, Donald Trump has shown he has little interest in brokering a workable peace deal between Israelis and Palestinians and underlined how, under his presidency, the USA is rapidly relinquishing its leadership position in the world.

Trump's announcement on Jerusalem has been met with an nearly universal diplomatic backlash, and prompted a call for a new intifada from the leader of Hamas.

Jordanian parliamentary political blocs, Islamist movements and independents had called for protests on Thursday and Friday across Jordanian cities and in front of the USA embassy in Amman in protest of the U.S. decision.

At least two people have been killed in an Israeli air raid on the besieged Gaza Strip, according to the Palestinian health ministry. One of them was said to be in critical condition.

He said the changes would amount to a "kiss of death" for the peace efforts.

The Israeli military says it responded to rocket fire from Gaza, saying it targeted four Hamas military locations.

The Israeli shelling was a response to six makeshift rockets fired from the coastal enclave into southern Israel.

The Israeli military said it carried out the strikes on a militant training camp and a weapons depot. Home to Muslim, Jewish and Christian holy places, the city figures greatly in the competing national narratives of Israelis and Palestinians, with both sides claiming the city as their capital.

He has threatened to break ties with Israel if Trump recognizes Jerusalem as its capital.

In Pakistan, dozens of supporters of the banned radical religious group Jamaat-ud-Dawa demonstrated in the northwestern city of Peshawar against the USA decision, RFE/RL's Radio Mashaal reported.

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The protesters marched from mosques to the heavily guarded US Embassy in Jakarta, waving Palestinian and Indonesian flags.

In the Pakistani capital, Islamabad, another protest was organized by the group known as Difa-e Pakistan, an umbrella organization of various religious groups.

Although Trump said his decision "marks the beginning of a new approach" to the endless conflict between Israel and the Palestinians, we believe his much-anticipated announcement on Wednesday has only kick-started a catastrophe.

Jerusalem's status has always been at the center of the religious and political Israeli-Arab conflict. After 1947, when the United Nations voted to partition the then-British mandate of Palestine, Jerusalem was declared an global city, part neither of the future Jewish state nor of the Arab one.

The Palestinians have sought the city's eastern sector, captured by Israel in the 1967 Mideast war, as the capital of a future independent state. Most countries have their embassies in Tel Aviv.

Trump's announcement on Wednesday that he would move the U.S. Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem and his declaration that the United States recognizes Jerusalem as Israel's capital reversed a decades-old USA policy.

But Khaled al-Majali, a political analyst and former intelligence officer, disagrees with al-Khatib and argues that Trump's decision practically eliminated the two-state solution and that Jordanians can do a lot more to restore Jerusalem to its rightful Palestinian owners.

Another protester, Zaid al-Harasheh, told AFP that Trump's decision is "not for peace" and will "create more chaos". Trump's son-in-law, Jared Kushner, who along with Jason Greenblatt was engaged in pushing forward the peace process, finds himself at the receiving end following the notification, which took everyone by surprise. Israeli airstrikes against Hamas targets also left a 54-year-old Palestinian man dead in Gaza, CNN reported. Turkey's dictator Recep Tayyip Erdogan said the move amounted to a "red line" that could not be crossed, warned that Ankara may cut off diplomatic relations with Israel and called for a summit of Islamic nations to fight against it. "That is why, consistent with the Jerusalem Embassy Act, I am also directing the State Department to begin preparation to move the American embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem", he said in the internationally televised 11-minute speech.

The announcement by President Donald Trump on Wednesday was a "dangerous violation of global law", had no legal impact and was "void", the Arab League said in a statement after a session attended by all its members in Cairo.

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