US President Donald Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital has sparked Palestinian protests, clashes and a call for a new intifada.
Trump’s announcement also prompted an almost universal diplomatic backlash, with fresh warnings from Turkey, the European Union and Russia.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, however, lavished praise on Trump, saying his name would now be associated with Jerusalem’s long history and urging other countries to follow his lead.
Israel’s military deployed hundreds more troops to the occupied West Bank amid uncertainty over the fallout, while clashes between Palestinians and Israeli security forces erupted in various areas.
In a speech in Gaza City, Hamas leader Ismail Haniya called for a new intifada, or uprising.
A senior Palestinian official said that US Vice President Mike Pence was “not welcome in Palestine” during his upcoming regional visit.
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