Donald Trump’s irresponsible decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel is an “example of extraordinary ignorance” which could lead to explosive consequences in the Middle East, regional commentators have told RT.
On Wednesday, Trump officially announced his decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, claiming that such a move along with the relocation of US embassy could help resolve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. The decision by the US leader was made despite unanimous warnings by US foes and allies worldwide, who cautioned of possible chaos erupting throughout the Middle East.
Jerusalem is one of the key issues in any Israeli-Palestinian peace negotiations. Israel and Palestine both want the historic religious cradle as their capital. The United Nations considers East Jerusalem to be occupied Palestinian territory, but hopes Jerusalem can one day serve as the capital of two states, Israel and Palestine. Tel Aviv, however, refuses to share custody of the Holy City which it annexed in 1967.