After President Trump announced that the United States recognizes Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, Islamic terrorist group Hamas called on Palestinians to engage in a “day of rage.”
Anyone could have seen this coming.
Many fear that recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s capital city would spark widespread violence throughout the Middle East. Turkey’s leadership threatened that Trump’s decision to accept Israel’s sovereignty over Jerusalem and move its embassy to the city would cross a “red line” with Muslims. In June, King Salman bin Abdulaziz al-Saud urged the president to reconsider his decision.
Nevertheless, it appears that the United States will stand with Israel.
Hamas Calls for Day of Rage in Protest
Hamas is urging Palestinians to hold a “day of rage” this Friday to protest President Trump’s announcement. They called on their supporters to send a harsh message to Israel after their Friday prayers.
“We call on the people of Palestine to declare ‘rage day’ on Friday against Israel, denying the U.S. plan to move its embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem and to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital,” Hamas stated, according to Fox News. They continue:
“The youth and the Palestinian resistance in the West Bank need to respond with all means available to the U.S. decision that harms our Jerusalem. Jerusalem is a red line and the resistance will not allow any desecration of it.”
Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh indicated that Palestinians should oppose any effort to “Judaize” Jerusalem.
The terrorist group also took to Twitter to express their displeasure with the Trump administration’s decision.
“Palestinian factions declare days of anger on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday and to hold demonstrations in cities and in front of Israeli embassies and consulates,” they wrote.
Hamas’ charter states that their objective is to establish a Palestinian nation “with Jerusalem as its capital.”
Terrorism is not Unexpected
Ever since Trump stated his intention to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, critics warned against making such a controversial move. One of the main arguments against taking this type of action was the threat of Islamic terrorism.
Moving the embassy to Jerusalem is a controversial move, but it does not mean that it isn’t the right move. It sends a message to Israel’s enemies and the rest of the international community that we will stand with our ally. It also puts more pressure on the Palestinians to take peace negotiations seriously.
Up until now, the United States and Israel have tried to mollify the Palestinian leadership by offering concessions including land, money, and the freezing of Israeli settlements. Most of the time, this only results in more violence from Hamas and other terrorist groups.
The Palestinian Authority, while claiming to be peaceful, has been financially supporting Palestinian terrorists and their families while receiving hundreds of millions of dollars from the United States. History shows that giving in to the leaders of the Palestinians does not bring either party closer to a peaceful solution.
The United States is right to take a tougher stance in support of Israel. Perhaps it will show the Palestinians that they will not get what they want by using violence and subterfuge. It may not seem like it, but the Trump administration’s decision could be the only chance for a peaceful outcome.