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Capital cities: How are they chosen and what do they represent?


President Trump's announcement on Wednesday that he would upend decades of U.S. policy and recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital was met with both celebration and fury in the divided city.

Trump administration officials cast the president's impending announcement as a simple acknowledgment of the "historical and current reality" of Jerusalem, which Israel effectively controls but whose status has been contested for centuries.

President Donald Trump's announcement to move the US embassy in Israel to Jerusalem has inflamed regional leaders and drawn threats of violence against the US and Israel, but in practical terms it changes little.

As the Muslim world reels from the decision, Hamas leader Ismail Haniya today said Trump's stance amounts to a "war declaration against Palestinians".

"I cannot remain silent about my deep concern for the situation that has developed in recent days and, at the same time, I wish to make a heartfelt appeal to ensure that everyone is committed to respecting the status quo of the city, in accordance with the relevant resolutions of the United Nations", the pontiff said, according to The New York Times. In the biblical town of Bethlehem, troops fired water cannons and tear gas to disperse a crowd, in clashes that could cloud the upcoming Christmas celebrations in the town of Jesus' birth.

El Papa pide que se respete el statu quo de Jerusalén
La parte occidental quedaría bajo administración israelí, mientras que la parte oriental sería la capital del futuro Estado palestino.

"We disagree with the US decision to move its embassy to Jerusalem and recognise Jerusalem as the Israeli capital", she said in a statement.

The First Infatida - meaning "tremor" in Arabic - lasted from December 1987 to 1993, claiming the lives of 277 Israelis and 1,962 Palestinians. The Palestinians would not get East Jerusalem as their capital, and there would be no right of return for Palestinian refugees and their descendants.

The Pakistani foreign ministry expressed its "strong opposition and condemnation" of the announcement, in a statement on Wednesday. Instead, it seems to me that Jerusalem's actual residents have at least this in common: They love the city more than they wish to shape it in their image. His predecessors had also made pandering campaign promises in support of moving the U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem. They also waved Palestinian flags and banners proclaiming Jerusalem as their "eternal capital", language that Israelis similarly use. Nevertheless, the record is in. "This means another intifada", he said. "Pretty sure it will be temporary", said a senior White House official, who acknowledged that the President's peace team has not spoken with furious Palestinian officials since the Trump's announcement.

The secretary-general of the Palestine Liberation Organisation said Trump had destroyed any hopes for a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. A Saudi-sponsored Arab peace initiative still on the table calls for a full Israeli withdrawal from East Jerusalem as part of a far-reaching deal. The praise also came from South Florida Democrats in Congress, who rarely see eye-to-eye with the president.

Israel, which claims all of Jerusalem as its undivided capital, has welcomed Trump's decision.

Policías en Honduras se declaran en huelga
Cientos de vecinos se han acercado hasta el lugar para aplaudirles, algunos portando pancartas que rezaban "amo a la policía". Poco después, fueron reprimidos por fuerzas de seguridad.

Turkey's deputy prime minister said the move "will be a major catastrophe".

The US will first study sites, evaluate security concerns, and then begin a lengthy construction process that will likely stretch into the next US presidential administration.

Anat Biletzki, a professor at Quinnipiac University and a retired professor at Tel Aviv University, said Trump's declaration ignored the Palestinian side of this conflict.

The president called on the region to take his message calmly. "We want an agreement that is a great deal for the Israelis and a great deal for the Palestinians".

Jordan plays a central role in the mounting controversy and, alongside other U.S. allies in the region, has slammed Trump's decision on Jerusalem.

La Chipi, eliminada del Bailando
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