President of Palestine Mahmoud Abbas - photo courtesy of Kremlin
CAIRO - 7 December 2017: The Palestinian Authority (PA) filed a complaint at the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) against U.S. President Donald Trump’s decision recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s capital on Thursday, Sky News Arabia reported.
On Wednesday night, U.S. President Donald Trump officially recognized Jerusalem as the capital of Israel during a televised speech from the White House.
"It is the headquarters of many government ministries. For many years, visiting American diplomats met their Israeli counterparts in Jerusalem. It is now the heart of one of the most successful democracies in the world," Trump stated.
After a 4-hour meeting between the Palestinian factions of Fatah and Hamas to discuss U.S. Trump’s decision, both factions announced their rejection of the U.S. President’s decision, referring to it as an attack on Palestinian people.
Both factions agreed to continue the process of inter-Palestine reconciliation and to put an end to the crises in the Gaza Strip. They affirmed that they will retaliate; mobilizing more people to reject this decision, noting that the best response is to unite the Palestinian people in politics and on the ground.
Trump’s decision was met by a barrage of criticism and condemnations from many Arab and world leaders. Protests have since broken out in the Gaza strip, West Bank and different locations across the Arab world.
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