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Yet another crisis in the Middle East

25 7 11

U.S. President Donald Trump has defied the warnings of world leaders and officially recognized Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, initiating proceedings to move the U.S. embassy from Tel Aviv to the contentious Israeli “capital.” His move signals a clear break with conventional U.S. Middle Eastern policy.

Trump’s unilateral decision has prompted a backlash among Muslims. The Arab League views the U.S. move as an act of aggression against all Arab nations. Palestinian “national and Islamic forces” have declared “three days of rage,” starting on Wednesday and ending on Friday. While Jordan has called an emergency meeting of the Arab League and the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) this weekend, Turkey, which currently chairs the OIC, has decided to host an emergency OIC meeting in Istanbul on Dec. 13 to coordinate response on the Jerusalem decision.

Without a formal resolution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict in sight, Trump’s controversial measure signals the end of hopes for a two-state solution, and is likely to precipitate further unrest and clashes in the region.

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