Palestinians Killed in Clashes With Israeli Security Forces

Cheryl Sanders
December 16, 2017

In a message on one of its accounts on the Telegram instant messaging service titled "Wait for us" and "ISIS in Manhattan", the group said it would carry out operations and showed images of New York's Times Square and what appeared to be an explosive bomb belt and detonator. "Just you wait", it said.

It angered the Arab world, amid further plans to move the U.S. embassy to Jerusalem. Will the Arab world recognize a 30-year-old man as its leader, who is known for his worldly indulgence, has paid no price for anything, has not sided with the Muslim world on any subject matter and was not known until a year ago? Leaders struggling to maintain domestic popularity have been able to exploit the genuine anger over at Trump's Jerusalem decision to rally the masses at little cost to themselves.

Within the Islamic world, there are three prominent countries who can take on the leadership of Muslim countries: Saudi Arabia, Iran and Turkey.

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas speaks at a press conference following a summit of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) about US President Donald Trump's recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital, on December 13, 2017, in Istanbul.

Israel regards the whole of Jerusalem as its indivisible capital, while Palestinians claim the eastern sector - occupied by Israel since 1967 - as the capital of a future state.

Salam also called Trump "wretched," and said he stabbed Palestinians in the back with the latest move, according to the Jerusalem Post, which also reported that non-official celebrations in the city may still proceed this year.

The Trump administration's decision has forced even potential United States allies to distance themselves from the White House.

The violence comes days before US Vice President Mike Pence is due to visit Israel, though he will no longer see Palestinian officials after they cancelled meetings in protest at the embassy move.

They said Israel is responsible for killing of thousands of Palestinians.

Trump's announcement has caused a chill in USA diplomatic relations with the Palestinian government. "We have gathered here in support of the statement", another protester said. "They eat the lamb with the wolf and then cry together with the shepherd".

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