Israeli forces disperse Palestinian protestors outside Damascus Gate in Jerusalem's Old City on December 7, 2017. AFP / Ahmad GHARABLI
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The Hamas group urged Palestinians Thursday to abandon peace efforts and launch a new uprising against Israel in response to U.S. President Donald Trump's recognition of Jerusalem as its capital.Palestinian factions called for a "Day of Rage" Friday, and a wave of protests in the West Bank and Gaza Thursday brought clashes between Palestinians and Israeli troops. Trump reversed decades of U.S. policy Wednesday by recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, angering the Arab world and upsetting Western allies.Jordan is a staunch U.S. ally but has dismissed Trump's move as "legally null". Israeli Housing Minister Yoav Gallant said he would next week bring to the Cabinet for approval 14,000 housing units, some 6,000 of which are slated for construction in areas in Arab East Jerusalem and are already at various planning stages.Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu hailed Trump's announcement as a "historic landmark" and said many countries would follow the U.S. move and contacts were under way.The White House said it was not aware of any other country that planned to follow Trump's lead.The EU's foreign policy chief, Federica Mogherini, said Jerusalem must be the capital of both Israel and a future Palestinian state and Trump's decision could take the region "backward to even darker times".
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