World Reacts as Trump Recognizes Jerusalem
The ratings are in. World leaders expressed disapproval as President Trump formally announced his recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital yesterday. Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said it signaled the U.S. was no longer a “peace mediator,” while Hamas said Trump’s choice would “open the gates of hell.” Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, meanwhile, called it a brave decision. Internationally, Pope Francis called for respect of the status quo, while the EU urged restraint. Protests broke out in Jordan and Turkey, and Palestinian authorities called a general strike as protesters there clashed with Israeli soldiers.