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Stoking Upheaval - a Unitary Presidential Declaration on Jerusalem

As if there are not enough ripe or looming hot button issues already before the global community, United States(US) President Donald Trump stoked even more upheaval yesterday with his unitary declaration naming Jerusalem as Israel's capital.

Immediate trouble has broken out in the West Bank as demonstrators gather in rage to denounce the broken long-standing US policy that had kept Tel Aviv as the the capital of the Jewish State. Palestinians in the occupied West Bank and Gaza have gone on strike and are taking to the streets in more protests. Additional protests transcends to outside the US consulates in Istanbul, Turkey as well as in Amman, Jordan. 

Saudi Arabia has deemed Trump's declaration as "unjustified and irresponsible", while both France and the United Kingdom(UK) do not the support the US action, the BBC-News reported. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who had warned that any recognition of Jerusalem as the Israeli capital by Trump, would be a "red line", has responded by determining that Trump is "throwing the region into a ring of fire". French President Emmanuel Macron said Trump's action contravened international law and UN Security Council resolutions.

Jerusalem is home to many sacred sites idolized by Christianity, Islam and Judaism. East Jerusalem was annexed by Israel after the Six Day War of 1967 and it has not been internationally recognized as a part of Israel.

Gaza's Hamas has called for "a day of rage" on Friday in condemnation of the new declaration. Hamas has said that Friday should "be the first day of the intifada against the occupier." 

The Palestinian Fatah Movement is filing a complaint with the United Nations(UN) Security Council against Trumps unitary move and it is also calling for a strong stand by the Arab League. " Dr. Nasser al-Kidwa, the group's spokesman, according to the BBC-News, has promised: "We are going to declare the United States disqualified as co-sponsor of any peace process or political process."

UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres, who has often spoken out against any unilateral measures that would jeopardize the prospect of peace for Israelis and Palestinians, has affirmed: "...there is no alternative to the two-state solution. There is no Plan B. It is only by realizing the vision of two states(Israel and Palestine) living side-by-side in peace, security and mutual recognition, with Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and Palestine...that the legitimate aspirations of both peoples will be achieved."

The stoked upheaval created by Donald Trump must be rescinded. The two-state solution to peace for Israel and Palestine should be continued through the rational and diplomatic means accorded within the United Nations.