HaleyTrump's withdrawal from migration summit shows his nationalist colors US, South Sudan must stand together for peace Dems plan ambitious campaign for red-state governorships MORE, the United States ambassador to the U.N., said Wednesday that the United States is not taking sides in the dispute over East Jerusalem despite President Trump's decision to move the USA embassy and recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital city. The announcement leaves many angry United States allies and leaders across the Middle East trying to find a measured response and hoping that the tinderbox region is not destined for yet another round of bloodletting.
The position of the majority of the worldwide community has been largely unchanged for decades.
France rejected the "unilateral" decision while appealing for calm in the region.
"That they claim they want to announce Quds as the capital of occupied Palestine is due to their incompetence and failure", Khamenei said, using the Arabic name for Jerusalem. Germany said Jerusalem's status could be resolved on the basis of a two-state solution.
Although welcomed by Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu as a "courageous and just decision", Trump's move also left the already faltering peace process in deep doubt.
Trump reversed decades of USA policy in recognising Jerusalem as Israel's capital in defiance of warnings from around the world that the gesture risks creating aggravating conflict in a chronically volatile Middle East.
Israel seized the largely Arab eastern sector of Jerusalem during the 1967 Six-Day War and later annexed it, claiming both sides of the city as its capital. For decades, USA policy has stated that Israelis and Palestinians should negotiate the city's status among themselves.
Most western European countries will be deeply alarmed by United States recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital.
The Palestinian movement Hamas - said Trump's decision opens "the gates of hell on U.S. interests in the region".
However, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said Mr Trump's shift serves extremist groups that want religious war and signals USA withdrawal from being a peace mediator.
President Emmanuel Macron of France at an EU meeting in Brussels Oct. 19 2017
He said the move would put back the peace process by decades and threatened regional stability and perhaps global stability.
Qatari Foreign Minister said Trump's decision is a "dangerous escalation and death sentence for all who seek peace", Al Jazeera reported.
Trump's move is "null and void", Ibrahim Kalin, the spokesman for Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan told state-run TRT television.
Erdogan said in a speech to Turkey's Parliament on Tuesday that recognition of Jerusalem would be a "red line" for Muslims, and he warned that Turkey could respond by cutting diplomatic ties with Israel.
Turkey's said Trump's move was "irresponsible".
"We condemn the irresponsible statement of the USA administration. the decision is against worldwide law and relevant United Nations resolutions", Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu tweeted.
Several hundred protesters gathered outside the USA consulate in Istanbul, a Reuters cameraman at the scene said. The protest was largely peaceful, although some of the demonstrators threw coins and other objects at the consulate.
On Tuesday, Palestinian Christians in Bethlehem, the birthplace of Jesus, were spotted burning photographs of Donald Trump and holding signs reading "Move the embassy to your country, not ours", and "Jerusalem, Palestine's heart, is not up to negotiations".
Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said the U.S. move was a sign of its incompetence and failure, according to his personal website.
Also Wednesday, Iran's supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, slammed the decision on Twitter, saying it was taken "out of despair and debility".