>> Therefore, I have determined->> On the world stage, Donald Trump cuts a lonely figure over his decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital.>> As the capital.>> Warnings have come from across the world, including major allies like France and Great Britain.>> The status of Jerusalem should be determined in a negotiated settlement between the Israelis and the Palestinians.
>> The Saudi Royal Court has issued a statement warning of dangerous consequences. Turkish President Tayyip Erdoğan accused Trump of throwing the region into a ring of fire. Saying the decision disregards a 1980 UN resolution regarding the status of the city.>>
Protesters hit the streets in Turkey and Lebanon.
In Bethlehem, outside the Church of the Nativity, they switched off the Christmas lights in protest.>>
> Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas saying the United States has abdicated its role as a peace mediator. The last round of US brokered talks between Israel and the Palestinians collapsed in 2014.
The status of Jerusalem has always been a major sticking point. Israel sees the contested city as its undivided capital, the Palestinians claim the east as theirs. Trump has touted himself as a master negotiator. But many are now questioning the credibility of the US as an honest broker of Middle East peace.
He says he remains committed to the two state solution if the parties want one. The UN Security Council will meet on Friday to discuss Trump's latest move.