Almost 30 years to the day after the start of the first intifada, the decision of Donald Trump could once again ignite the Middle East. Breaking with his predecessors and touching on one of the most sensitive issues in the region, the US president announced Wednesday 6 the recognition of Jerusalem, a holy city for Jews, Christians and Muslims, as the capital of Israel.
At the request of eight countries, including Egypt, France and the United Kingdom, an emergency meeting of the Security Council of the United Nations was scheduled for Friday morning.
” We can only face the Zionist policy supported by the United States by launching a new Intifada Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh said in a speech from the Gaza Strip The Palestinian Islamist movement received support from its Iranian ally, who also threatened Donald Trump with a new popular uprising in the Occupied Territories The Iranian Foreign Ministry denounced in a statement provocation and a senseless decision on the part of the United States (…) that will provoke a new Intifada and push for more radical behavior, more anger and violence “.
It is ” the death sentence of the draft regulation in the Middle East “, responded in a statement the Islamic Jihad, second Palestinian Islamist group, less vehement than Hamas.
The situation is extremely tense on Friday 7, the day of the Great Prayer, especially on the Mosque Esplanade in East Jerusalem, where demonstrations are regularly held during disturbances between Israelis and Palestinians. On Thursday morning, Israel did not take steps to restrict access to the holy place.
Even before the US President’s speech on Wednesday, thousands of furious Palestinians walked after the prayer to the Unknown Soldier’s Monument in Gaza, where they burned the American and Israeli flags and sang “Death to America” and “Death to Israel”. Similar scenes took place in the Gaza Strip. A rally is scheduled this Thursday in Ramallah in the West Bank, territory occupied by the Israeli army for 50 years, at the call of all Palestinian organizations that have decreed ” three days of rage This is a consecrated expression to rally protesters at Israeli checkpoints or concrete walls and watchtowers that cut off the West Bank and Gaza Strip from Israeli territory.
Jihadist organizations also responded to Donald Trump’s announcement calling for violence. The spokesman of the Shebabs, a Somali terrorist movement close to Al Qaeda, said his organization viewed Donald Trump’s decision as an attack on Islam and Muslims, and called for taking up arms: “What has been taken by force, can only be restored by force The same story from al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQPA) that stressed that the recognition of the holy city as the capital of the Hebrew state was “the result of normalization with the regimes of the region at their head the Gulf regimes”.
The terrorist groups intend to capitalize on Donald Trump’s inflammatory decision to strengthen the positions and make them an important marker of their propaganda.