Following US Presdient Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, Hamas Politburo Chief Ismail Haniyeh called for an uprising in the the West Bank and Jerusalem.
“Tomorrow, December 8, 2017, should be a day of rage and the beginning of a major effort to rise up, which I will name the intifada of Jerusalem and the West Bank’s freedom,” he said in a televised speech. “As we liberated Gaza, we are able… to free Jerusalem and the West Bank by the way of this popular struggle.”
Haniyeh said that the US decision amounted to a “war declaration against Palestinians” that “killed” the Israel-Palestinian peace process.
“We should call for and we should work on launching an intifada in the face of the Zionist enemy,” the Hamas leader said adding “We want the uprising to last and continue to let Trump and the occupation regret this decision.“
Tensions between Israeli forces and Palestinains have already erupted near West Bank and Gaza Strip. At least two persons have been reportedly injured.
— Nasser Atta (@nasseratta5) 7 December 2017
It looks that Trump’s Wednesday announcement may lead to the largest wave of violence between Israel and the Palestinains over the last years.