‘Three days of WRATH’ Fears of riots in Israel streets over Trump’s plan to move embassy

Wednesday, December 6, 2017
By Paul Martin

DONALD Trump’s plan to transfer the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem has sparked anger among Palestinians who have pledged “three days of wrath” in violent retaliation for the move.

Wed, Dec 6, 2017

The US President is expected to announce his plan to move the American embassy to the holy city today. He is also expected to declare Jerusalem the capital of Israel.

But the move has led several Palestinian groups to call for three “days of wrath” starting on Wednesday in retaliation, according to the Israeli newspaper Haaretz.

The Israeli Federal Foreign Office responded by updating its travel advice to Israel and the Palestinian territories that there could be riots in the streets.

It warned: “Violent conflicts can not be ruled out.”

In Bethlehem, demonstrators burned pictures of Mr Trump on Tuesday night.

And international condemnation has poured in from Turkey and Iran, which warned the US leader the move could cause chaos in the Middle East.

However, Mr Trump appears to be pressing ahead.

Israeli police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said on Wednesday security forces are always ready to respond to incidents.

Mr Trump plans to recognise Jerusalem, rather than Tel Aviv, as the Israeli capital, contrary to the fact it is not recognised as such by the international community or Palestine.

His announcement sparked fierce criticism from Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. He threatened to break relations with Israel.

Iran also blasted the US President’s decision as a sign of weakness.

Iran’s supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said: “To declare Jerusalem the capital of occupied Palestine shows only the despair and inability to act (of the United States and Israel).

“Ultimately, however, Palestine will be liberated, and the Palestinians and the Islamic world will be victorious.”

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