On Wednesday, President Donald Trump fulfilled a campaign promise by announcing the United States formally recognizes the city of Jerusalem as Israel's capital.
“This is a long-overdue step to advance the peace process and to work towards a lasting agreement,” he said. “Israel is a sovereign nation with the right like every other sovereign nation to determine its own capital. Acknowledging this as a fact is a necessary condition for achieving peace.”
While Israel is happy with the decision, others in the region are not.
For example, Hamas — the terror group that operates within the area — urged all Palestinians to protest the move and called for a “day of rage” on Friday.
Hamas says Trump's decision opens 'gates of hell'
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“Trump's decision on Jerusalem will not succeed in changing the fact that Jerusalem is an Arab Muslim land,” a spokesperson for the group said, according to The Independent. “The youth and the Palestinian resistance in the West Bank need to respond with all means available to the U.S. decision that harms our Jerusalem."
“The resistance will not allow any desecration of it,” they added.
Israel has celebrated the announcement by having the American flag lit up next to the Israeli flag on the Jerusalem Old City walls and with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu thanking Trump.