U.S. President Donald Trump, flanked by Deputy Secretary of State John Sullivan (L) and Defense Secretary James Mattis (R), speaks to reporters before he holds a cabinet meeting at the White House in Washington, U.S. December 6, 2017. REUTERS/Jonathan Ern U.S. President Donald Trump, flanked by Deputy Secretary of State John Sullivan (L) and Defense Secretary James Mattis (R), speaks to reporters before he holds a cabinet meeting at the White House in Washington, U.S. December 6, 2017. REUTERS/Jonathan Ern

Trump’s decision allows terrorists to destabilize region

Thu, Dec. 7, 2017
CAIRO – 7 December 2017: U.S. experts believe that U.S. President Donald Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital will undermine peace talks with Palestine and will further allow terrorists to destabilize the Middle East.

Francis Boyle, professor of international law at the University of Illinois, College of Law, said that Trump’s decision will undermine U.S. relation with the Arab and Islamic world, adding that this decision will spark another uprising in the West Bank and Gaza Strip against the Israeli occupation.

“I am afraid that many people will die as Trump’s decision will provoke another uprising,” he pointed out referring to the Palestinian uprising in 2000 that killed many Palestinians and Israelis.

On this regard, John B. Quigley, professor of international Law at Ohio State University, said that Islamic State (IS) could take advantage of Trump’s decision to reinforce its power.

President Trump said that the decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel will not shake Washington's desire to accelerate the process of a peaceful settlement. However, professor Quigley points out that it is difficult for the U.S. to preserve its role in facilitating negotiations after Trump’s decision.

Trump’s decision was described in American newspaper New York Times as a “high-risk foray into the thicket of the Middle East, driven not by diplomatic calculations but by a campaign promise.”

By ending nearly seven decades of American foreign policy, the U.S. president is “potentially destroying his efforts to broker peace between Israel and the Palestinians,” The New York Times reported on Wednesday.

Under the title, “Don’t move U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem,” the San Francisco Chronicle reported that even if Trump was a brilliant negotiator, unilaterally altering U.S. policy regarding Jerusalem to accord with the Israeli position would unnecessarily antagonize a billion Muslims and undercut the United States’ ability to broker a future peace deal.
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