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7 Dec 2017

Jordan 'humiliated' by Trump's decision on Jerusalem

As Palestinians continue to denounce the Trump administration's intention of recognising Jerusalemas the capital of Israel, several Arab leaders have voiced their discontent with the move, which many fear will have dangerous consequences for the region as a whole.

In neighbouring Jordan, a major US ally in the Middle East, King Abdullah II told US President Donald Trump that recognising the holy city as Israel's capital would inflame Muslim and Christian feelings.

The decision would have "dangerous repercussions on the stability and security of the region", King Abdullah said, according to a statement released by the royal palace.

On the face of it, Trump's move is deeply humiliating for Abdullah since it was his father, the late King Hussein, who lost Jerusalem to Israel in the 1967 war.

Abdullah is now a mere spectator as the US deals him and his family yet another blow.

Trump recognised Jerusalem as the Israeli capital on Wednesday, a move that has been condemned globally and threatens to ruin any chance of restarting long-stalled peace negotiations between Israelis and Palestinians.

The status of Jerusalem has historically been, and continues to be, a sensitive issue in the conflict, with Palestinians wanting East Jerusalem as the capital of their future state and Israelis insisting that the city cannot be divided.

It is also an issue that has long-standing ties to Jordan and the country's ruling Hashemite family.

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