Fury on the streets of the West Bank and Jerusalem, as thousands of Palestinians protest US President Trump's recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital. Medics say scores of them were wounded by Israeli army fire. The military also saying two rockets were launched at Israel from Gaza.
They landed short, but Israel often responds swiftly with airstrikes and tank-fire.>>
> Protests from Egypt and Lebanon to Pakistan. Warnings have come from across the world, including major allies like France, Germany and Great Britain.
>> This is a long overdue step to advance the peace process.>> That's on the world stage, Trump cuts a lonely figure over his decision.>>
>> The status of Jerusalem->> The Saudi royal court has issued a statement warning of dangerous consequencs. Turkey's president, Tayyip Erdogan, 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. Palestinians removing Trump's mural on the West Bank barrier in protest.
Reuters correspondent Dan Williams in Jerusalem, says the credibility of the US as an honest broker of Middle East peace, is now under harsh scrutiny.>> According to some of the Palestinians, Hamas for example, Trump has effectively abdicated his role as a mediator, the role of the United States, as mediator, in the peace efforts.
That does leave a question though, if the United States is not involved who could step in? The United States is, many would argue, the world power that counts, although there are other countries that have expressed willingness to step in instead.>> Israel sees the contested city as its undivided capital, the Palestinians claim the east as theirs.
Trump 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.