Iraq: «Deplorable step» — Baghdad residents decry Jerusalem declaration

Iraqis living in Baghdad have reacted to US President Donald Trump's decision to formally recognise Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, on Thursday. Baghdad residents were united in denouncing Trump's decision, calling it an unfair step against Palestine and the Arab people and saying that al-Quds (Jerusalem's name in Arabic, meaning «the Holy City») is the capital of Palestine. One resident... Еще emphasised the danger entailed by Trump's decision in stirring regional violence and instabilities even more. Another resident called on Arab states to «take a serious stance» against the decision. Trump recognised Jerusalem as the capital of Israel on Wednesday during a live televised address from Washington DC and started the process of moving the US embassy from Tel Aviv. Trump's announcement has been met with near universal condemnation from world leaders who believe the decision to recognise Jerusalem as the Israeli capital jeopardises the Middle East peace process. Israel has always claimed Jerusalem as its capital while Palestinians demand that annexed East Jerusalem becomes the capital of a future Palestinian state.

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