American evangelicals and Jews are tickled with President Donald Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and to begin moving the U.S. Embassy from Tel Aviv, but the rest of the world is apoplectic, to say the least.
With a majority of the United Nations Security Council calling for a meeting Friday to discuss the president’s declaration, Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said:
"I have consistently spoken out against any unilateral measures that would jeopardize the prospect of peace for Israelis and Palestinians. I will do everything in my power to support the Israeli and Palestinian leaders to return to meaningful negotiations."
Leaders from Muslim-majority countries ranging from Saudi Arabia and Egypt to Iran and Turkey all derided Wednesday’s announcement. Western leaders, including French President Emanuel Macron and British Prime Minister Theresa May, also expressed their deep dissatisfaction with the move.
Palestinians protested in largely peaceful ways, turning off the lights on Christmas trees, but leaders have called for a general strike today. The terrorist organization Hamas seized on the Muslim outrage to call for a “Palestinian uprising.”
Israel has declared Jerusalem is capital city for decades, and have moved their executive, judicial, and legislative bodies there. The order President Trump signed Wednesday was required by a law adopted in 1995 with broad bipartisan support.