It seems as though the conflict between Israel and Palestine for control of Jerusalem has been going on forever now. While Israel maintains that Jerusalem is the “holiest site for Jews”, the Palestinians claim that it is a “holy Islamic site”. However, Muslims nations around consider it to be the land of “the infidels vs the believers of Allah”, and have consequently backed Palestine in this ongoing conflict.
However, the circumstances surrounding the conflict quickly changed when Donald Trump became the President of the United States. In his maiden visit to Israel, Trump made it clear that he was with the Jews and called out Palestine and their supporters for encouraging radical Islamic terrorism in the region. Recently, several Muslim countries were enraged after the Trump admin announced their decision to consider Jerusalem the capital territory of Israel. Trump has surely hit them where it hurts the most.
Today, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan cautioned the Trump Government that perceiving Jerusalem as Israel’s capital is a “red line” for Muslims. Erdogan, while addressing Parliament, said such a move by President Trump would force Turkey to remove every single political tie with Israel. He vowed to rally other Muslim nations to restrict any move to perceive Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.
The White House has been thinking about perceiving Jerusalem as the capital of Israel regardless of developing calls from the Middle East and Europe to rethink the move. As per sources in the White House, Trump may make the announcement this week. Turkey is among the most recent countries to openly voice their resistance to the acknowledgment of Jerusalem as the capital of the Jewish State, claiming that it will “offend” the Muslim world.
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The Palestinian authorities meanwhile said Tuesday that they will “stop contacts” with the U.S. if Trump goes ahead with the change. The Organization for Islamic Cooperation, an umbrella association of Muslim nations, said Monday that the move would constitute “bare animosity” against the Arab and Muslim world.
In Europe, French President Emmanuel Macron told Trump on a phone call on Monday that he was “worried” about the arrangement and made a request to rethink the move, the Jerusalem Post revealed. “Mr. Macron reaffirmed that the status of Jerusalem must be settled through peace transactions among Israelis and Palestinians,” Macron’s office said.
The conflict started way back in 1967 after the Israeli Army captured Jerusalem by defeating a Arabian Coalition Army. Both Israel and Palestine consider Jerusalem to be their nation’s legitimate capital.