'A defiant President Donald Trump has abruptly broken with decades of US foreign policy and officially recognised Jerusalem as Israel's capital, in a move that sparked protests across the region and led to condemnation from around the globe.
Mr Trump also instructed his State Department to begin the years-long process of moving the American embassy from Tel Aviv to the holy city, calling the twin move "a step to advance the peace process" between Israel and the Palestinians.
While Israel's Benjamin Netanyahu praised Mr Trump's announcement as an "historic landmark" but Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said that with the move, the US was making a "declaration of withdrawal" from its mediation role during the peace process.
The Palestinian militant organisation Hamas called for "day of rage" protests over the announcement and said that President Trump had committed a "flagrant aggression against the Palestinian people."
“The issue of Jerusalem is the issue of the Palestinian people and the cause of the nation,” Ismail Haniya, the leader of Hamas, told Al Jazeera. “We think this is an unaccountable gamble and an adventure that will not have a ceiling. The decision will be the beginning of a time of horrific transformations across the region.”
Chief Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erakat said that Trump "just destroyed any policy of a two-state solution," while leaders from the region and beyond fretted about what the move will mean for the chances of a deal.'
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