On Wednesday, US President Donald Trump declared recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and order the process to move the embassy, which is now in Tel Aviv.
“About 1,000 people are working in the embassy in Tel Aviv, and there is no location in Jerusalem, it could take years to find a place, make sure it is safe, to design a new embassy and build it,” said one of the officials.
The United States became the only country in the world that recognizes Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, where no nation has its embassy because, after the Israeli annexation of the eastern part of the city in 1980, the UN exhorted the International community to withdraw their embassies from the Holy City.
Although Israel considers Jerusalem its capital, the sovereignty of the country over the eastern part of the city (East Jerusalem) is not recognized by most of the international community, and the Palestinians want to establish there the headquarters of their future state.
The White House does not believe that the announcement could harm the prospects for a peace process in the region, even though the Palestinians have warned of the “dire repercussions” that this declaration would have in the future of its stalled negotiations with Israel.
Demonstrations after the recognition
Hundreds of demonstrators rallied in Gaza to protest against US President Donald Trump's decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital f Israel and burned photos of the US president and flags of that country.
“This angry demonstration is one step in a series of steps that we will launch alongside Arab and Islamic states against the US decision regarding Jerusalem,” said Hamas official Salah al-Bardawil.
The Islamist leader described the White House move as “very dangerous on the Palestinian issue”, and “an attack on our holy Qur’an history, heart and soul”.
Al Bardawil also warned that the declaration of the president of the US “will incite a popular uprising and then the resistance will burn the land and cut off the hands of anyone who tries to extend them towards Jerusalem and the holy places”.
The leader of the Islamic Jihad, Khaled Al Batsh, said that “the Palestinian people, at home and in the diaspora, along with all the free peoples of the world, reject the US decision biased toward Israel”.
And so it begins...— Trita Parsi (@tparsi) December 6, 2017
Demonstrations in Istanbul against Trump's decision to recognize Jerusalem and Israel's capitol. pic.twitter.com/aGVa3n4ZfJ
#Jerusalem projects the US and Israeli flags onto the walls of the Old City in a show of appreciation over President Trump’s recognition of the city as the capital of Israel. 🇮🇱🇺🇸 pic.twitter.com/DgWk6ChR0j— Nick Short 🇺🇸 (@PoliticalShort) December 6, 2017