Trump's Jerusalem Decision Immediately Prompts Protests After He Claimed It Would "Advance the Peace Process"

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President Donald Trump’s announcement Wednesday that the U.S. is moving its embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem—officially recognizing it as the Israeli capital—led to protests across the Muslim world, contradicting Trump’s claim the move would “advance the peace process” in the region. Getty Images

President Donald Trump's announcement Wednesday the U.S. will move its embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem––officially recognizing it as the Israeli capital––led to protests across the Muslim world, contradicting Trump's claim the move would "advance the peace process" in the region.

The Palestinian president, Mahmoud Abbas, swiftly decried Trump's decision, describing it as America's "declaration of withdrawal" from any efforts to bring peace between Israel and Palestine. Palestinian leaders have called for three "days of rage" against the decision.

In Jerusalem, a wide array of people––including Christians––protested Trump's announcement throughout the day on Wednesday. Some of the protesters burned American flags.

Watch: A Palestinian protest followed the announcement that President Trump will declare Jerusalem as the capital of Israel pic.twitter.com/0WrOkeWITe

— Intl. Business Times (@IBTimes) December 6, 2017

The White House had a conference call with Christian faith leaders about Trumps Jerusalem announcement. Faith leaders were reportedly “absolutely ecstatic” about todays decision. Meanwhile Christians in Bethlehem have turned off their Xmas tree lights to protest Trumps decision pic.twitter.com/tymHUblx2u

— Ayman Mohyeldin (@AymanM) December 6, 2017

Protesters in the #WestBank burn images of President #Trump over his expected announcement #Jerusalem will be recognized by the US as #Israel's capital. pic.twitter.com/9pxrH96j2K

— Chris Stewart (@CStewartNews) December 6, 2017

Tale of two cities:

East Jerusalem: Al-Aqsa turns off lights in protest at Trump's decision.

West Jerusalem: Jerusalem municipality celebrates Trump decision by projecting image of US flag on old city wall. pic.twitter.com/aomCVJODiA

— Areeb Ullah #WearAMask (@are_eb) December 6, 2017

There were also massive protests outside of the U.S. diplomatic mission in Istanbul after Trump's Jerusalem announcement.

BREAKING: Hundreds of protesters already rallying outside of U.S. diplomatic mission in Istanbul in response to Trump’s Jerusalem announcement pic.twitter.com/9W5z4tPL1z

— Scott Dworkin (@funder) December 6, 2017

And so it begins...

Demonstrations in Istanbul against Trump's decision to recognize Jerusalem and Israel's capitol. pic.twitter.com/aGVa3n4ZfJ

— Trita Parsi (@tparsi) December 6, 2017

Many other Muslim nations and some European nations, including top U.S. allies, have pushed against Trump's decision to move the U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem.

French President Emmanuel Macron described the move as a "regrettable decision that France does not approve."

United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres also spoke out against the decision, stating he would do everything in his power "to support the Israeli and Palestinian leaders to return to meaningful negotiations and to realize this vision of a lasting peace for both people."

Meanwhile, U.S. embassies in the Middle East and Europe issued warnings to Americans traveling or living there for the potential for violent backlash over Trump's announcement.

Amid the global outcry, the Israeli government celebrated the decision, though it is quite alone in this regard. "This is a historic day," Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said as he thanked Trump for the decision in a public address posted on Twitter.

In his announcement, Trump focused partly on domestic concerns: "I've judged this course of action to be in the best interests of the United States of America and the pursuit of peace between Israel and the Palestinians."

He also called the move, which was mandated by Congress in 1995, "a long-overdue step to advance the peace process and to work towards a lasting agreement."

"The United States remains deeply committed to helping facilitate a peace agreement that is acceptable to both sides," he added.