Hamas leader Ismail Haniya has said the US President Donald Trump’s decision on recognising Jerusalem as the capital of Israel is a “war declaration against Palestinians”, and called for a new “intifada”, or rebellion.
Haniya said at a news conference in Gaza City on Thursday that United States recognition “killed” the Israeli-Palestinian peace process.
“This decision has killed the peace process, has killed the Oslo [accord], has killed the settlement process,” Haniya said.
“We should work on launching an intifada in the face of the Zionist enemy.”
Recall that the group Hamas Tuesday called for a “day of rage” Friday, urging Palestinians to protest President Trump’s plan to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and move the U.S. Embassy there from Tel Aviv.
But Trump, ignoring warnings from the Islamic resistance group and international community, announced on Wednesday that the US formally recognises Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and will begin the process of moving its embassy to the city, breaking with decades of US policy.