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Palestinians seethe at Trump's 'insane' Jerusalem move

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Palestinians burn posters depicting Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and US President Donald Trump during a protest against the US intention to move its embassy to Jerusalem and to recognise the city of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, in Rafa

Reuters, Jerusalem  :
Palestinians seethed with anger and a sense of betrayal over U.S. President Donald Trump's decision to recognize the disputed city of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.
Many heard the death knell for the long-moribund U.S.-sponsored talks aimed at ending the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and establishing a Palestinian state alongside Israel. They also said more violence could erupt.
"Trump wants to help Israel take over the entire city. Some people may do nothing, but others are ready to fight for Jerusalem," said Hamad Abu Sbeih, 28, an unemployed resident of the walled Old City. "This decision will ignite a fire in the region. Pressure leads to explosions," he said. Jerusalem-specifically its eastern Old City, home to important shrines of  
Judaism, Christianity and Islam-is at the heart of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
Israeli captured Arab East Jerusalem from Jordan in the 1967 Middle East War then later annexed it in a move not recognized internationally. Palestinians want it to be the capital of a future independent state and resolution of its status is fundamental to any peace-making. Trump is due to announce later on Wednesday that the United States recognizes the city as Israel's capital and will move its embassy there from Tel Aviv, breaking with longtime policy. "This is insane. You are speaking about something fateful. Jerusalem is the capital of the state of Palestine and neither the world nor our people will accept it," said Samir Al-Asmar, 58, a merchant from the Old City who was a child when it fell to Israel.

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