Turkey condemns United States move on Jerusalem as "irresponsible"

House Speaker Paul Ryan speaks during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington DC

Israel is bracing for demonstrations in the West Bank, the Gaza Strip and East Jerusalem ahead of US President Donald Trump's expected plan to move the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, and to recognize Jerusalem as the Jewish state's capital.

Netanyahu also pledged no change to the status quo at Jerusalem's highly sensitive holy sites in the city sacred to Jews, Christians and Muslims.

Although welcomed by Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu as a "courageous and just decision", Trump's move also left the already faltering peace process in deep doubt. "France and Europe are attached to a two-state solution-Israel and Palestine-leaving side by side in peace and security within recognized global borders with Jerusalem the capital of both states", he said, adding that Paris was ready to work with partners to find a solution. On Tuesday, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said Mr. Trump had told him it was his intention to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital. Jerusalem has been the focus of our hopes, our dreams, our prayers for three millennia.

No other country has its embassy in Jerusalem, and some of the United States' most vital allies have expressed serious concerns that unilaterally recognizing the holy city as Israel's capital could have dire consequences, both on the ground and for any chance of a diplomatic settlement to the decades-old Middle East crisis.

Thousands of Palestinians in Gaza protested the American decision on Wednesday, led by the Islamic faction Hamas, coinciding with rallies in Jerusalem and West Bank, meanwhile, Ramallah and several Palestinian and Israeli cities witnessed heavy existence of the Israeli security forces as a precaution for the expected protests against the Trump's decision. Germany said Jerusalem's status could be resolved on the basis of a two-state solution.

The Palestinians want the eastern sector as the capital of their future state.

It's not immediately clear why Trump made a decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital now, although the administration has signaled for weeks that a change was coming. For decades, US policy has stated that Israelis and Palestinians should negotiate the city's status among themselves. The statement also issued restrictions on USA government employees' personal and official travel for certain areas of Israel.

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Turkey condemns United States move on Jerusalem as "irresponsible"

The European Union's top diplomat, Federica Mogherini, also said it would damage peace talks, and senior Palestinian official Saeb Erekat said a year ago that the move would mean "the destruction of the peace process as a whole".

Qatari Foreign Minister said Trump's decision is a "dangerous escalation and death sentence for all who seek peace", Al Jazeera reported.

His comments came one day after Turkey's president, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, said Jerusalem is a "red line" for the Muslim world and threatened to cut ties with Israel.

"(The move) is the culmination of the crime of usurping Palestine and displacing the Palestinian people", said the Syrian state news agency SANA, quoting a foreign ministry source. Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said earlier that the United States was trying to destabilize the region and start a war to protect Israel's security.

Israelis and Palestinians reacted in starkly different terms.

Tje spokesman, Ibrahim Kalin, told reporters in Ankara that the meeting would convene, "to display joint action among Islamic countries". "For now, I urge for calm and for everyone to be responsible". United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres said he rejected unilateral steps that jeopardize peace.

Also, Trump insisted, "We are not taking a position on" on such issues as a resolution of contested borders. "I will do everything in my power to support the Israeli and Palestinian leaders to return to meaningful negotiations".

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