How Trump’s embassy move to Jerusalem refueled the Israeli-Palestinian conflict


On December 6th, 2017 President Trump made the decision to move the US Embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, and officially recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. This decision caused discourse online and possibly refueled the ongoing Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Throughout December 6th and December 7th, 2017; Protests across Palestine and Turkey sprung up. Things got heated in the city of Bethlehem; Jesus’ birthplace, where not just Palestinian Muslims protested, but also a group of Palestinian Christians (pictured above) protested Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. Bethlehem also decided to suspend the Christmas celebration that started in Bethlehem on December 2nd with the lighting of the Christmas tree. More protests in Bethlehem followed as well, and Hamas was getting ready for another war with Israel. Reactions to Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel were mixed, with the Left going against the decision and supporting Palestine, the mainstream right supported Trump’s decision and continued to stand with Israel, the far-right criticized Trump’s decision as it was putting “Israel First”, Instead of “America First” like Trump promised. Things started to heat up heading into the 7th and 8th of December, with Hamas firing rockets and Israel, and then Israel responding back by firing missiles in the Gaza Strip and these missile attacks recorded the first number of casualties during this reawakened Israeli-Palestinian scuffle. My take on this, is that President Trump made a decision that he may have not known would reawaken the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and cause protesting and violence in Bethlehem and the Gaza Strip, Partisangirl (or Syriangirl) responded with images and footage of Palestinian Christians burning pictures of Trump and retweeting news articles of Israelis committing terrorist attacks against Israeli and Palestinian Christians. I feel that we need to start waking up to what’s actually going on here, because I believe that Christians are actually God’s people and we need to start establishing self-determination for ourselves, especially for those Christians in the Middle East, such as the Palestinian Christians, Assyrians, and Coptic Egyptians. With this, I will say that Palestine’s reaction to Trump’s decision might have also been bad optics, but most of the violence has been caused by the Islamic majority in Palestine, and not Christians (specifically). But even that, could lead into the United States getting involved in yet another Middle Eastern war, which only has been for money, oil, destabilization, and unintentionally forcing MENA Christians into exodus from their homelands. This same scenario happened when the United States invaded Iraq and accidentally forced Assyrians into exodus, thus endangering the ethnic group and destabilizing Iraq for years to come. Now, I know it sounds like I’m mad at Trump, I’m not, I’m just critical of this decision that Trump’s foreign policy team has made, I believe that Trump still has not been able to drain the swamp that’s in his foreign policy team. Hopefully, Trump and Vice President Pence can peacefully resolve things in the Middle East and avoid another unnecessary war that will only endanger Christians in the Middle East.


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