Alvin Jon Bayle-
Just last week, U.S. President Trump announced that Jerusalem will be the new location for the U.S. Embassy. The building was originally established in Tel Aviv, but was intended to be relocated to Jerusalem according to legislation called the ‘Jerusalem Embassy Act of 1995”, an act signed by the both the Democrats and the Republicans.
Just after this announcement, there were multiple protests, riots, and rallies in and around Palestine condemning Trump’s decision in recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. As of right now, most countries officially do not recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital; In fact, Jerusalem was meant to be an undivided capital belonging to both Israel and Palestine, to be negotiated for in a two-state solution. This is much harder to achieve now with Trump’s plans, as is further reviewed in “As It Happened”
The UN completely condemned Trump’s decision on Jerusalem, as many nations are aware of the implications and tensions it will cause in the Middle East, as well as any peace negotiations between Israel and Palestine.
The Russian President, Vladimir Putin, joins Turkey in condemning the decision from Trump. Putin has stated that the move “doesn’t help the Mideast settlement and, just the other way round, destabilizes the already difficult situation in the region.” It’s important to note that Putin firmly believes that the negotiation must only be between Palestine and Israel, along with the resolutions established by the United Nations.
Putin is heading off to meet with Erdogan in order to discuss the outcome of Trump’s move, as well as to confer over what to with Syria and the Middle East. No doubt there is much strategic planning involved to quell any sort of violence and unrest in the Middle East. Russian armed forces have been able to put down the ISIS uprising in Syria with the ‘help’ of the armed forces from Syria, U.S., and Iran. Putin immediately pulled out his troops after ISIS no longer had any formal control in Syria, but there is still much to discuss over what must be done in the Middle East, especially in regards to the recent developments in Palestine and Israel.
Alvin Jon Bayle-