The Muslim world has reacted with fury tonight after Donald Trump declared Jerusalem as the capital of Israel despite an international outcry.

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas was among leaders to immediately denounce the announcement as he accused the US of ‘withdrawing’ from the peace process.

Furious protests are raging in Turkey, Gaza while French President Emmanuel Macron also slammed President Trump following his historic intervention.

President Trump was warned peace in the Middle East could be under threat if the US became the first country to identify Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.

Read below for live updates.

Angela Merkel: ‘We do not support President Trump’

Angela Merkel has become the latest world leader to rebuke Donald Trump.

The German Chancellor said she does not agree with the President after he declared Jerusalem the capital of Israel, according to her spokesman Steffen Seibert.

He tweeted: “The federal government does not support this position because the status of Jerusalem as part of a two-state solution to be negotiated.”

Kanzlerin #Merkel zur Entscheidung von @POTUS Trump bzgl. Jerusalem: „Die Bundesregierung unterstützt diese Haltung nicht, weil der Status von Jerusalem im Rahmen einer 2-Staaten-Lösung auszuhandeln ist.“

— Steffen Seibert (@RegSprecher) December 6, 2017

Angela Merkel
Angela Merkel has distanced herself from Donald Trump (Image: Getty)

UN Security Council ‘to meet Friday to discuss Trump speech’

The United Nations Security Council is likely to meet on Friday to discuss Donald Trump’s decision to recognise Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

Diplomats said a request for UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres to publicly brief the Security Council.

The meeting was apparently requested made by Britain, France, Bolivia, Egypt, Italy, Senegal, Sweden, and Uruguay.

President Trump abruptly reversed decades of US policy on Wednesday, generating outrage from Palestinians and defying warnings of Middle East unrest.

Mr Trump also plans to move the US embassy to Jerusalem from Tel Aviv.

Furious protests have broken out against President Trump (Image: REX/Shutterstock)

Christmas lights switched off in Bethlehem in protest over Trump speech

Christmas lights were tonight switched off in Bethlehem, Jesus’ traditional birthplace, in protest at Donald Trump’s Jerusalem speech.

Palestinians turned off festive illuminations on a Christmas tree outside Bethlehem’s Church of the Nativity, where Christians believe Jesus was born.

Another tree was darkened in Ramallah, next to the burial site of former Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat.

Read more here

Christmas lights were switched off outside a church in Bethlehem
Christmas lights were switched off outside a church in Bethlehem (Image: @naglaSalahEldin/Twitter)

US embassy in Jordan warns Americans not to take children to school over fears of violent protests

US embassy staff have warned Americans in Jordan not to take their children to school tomorrow amid rising anger over Donald Trump’s Jerusalem speech.

In a series of tweets, which were posted following President Trump’s declaration that Jerusalem was the capital of Israel, staff said movements for US staff and their relatives was being restricted.

That was said to include an “instruction” not to take children to school.

The @USEmbassyJordan account also said services had been suspended and that all embassy travel, both official and personal, has been banned until further notice.

It comes amid fears of violent protests over Mr Trump’s declaration, which has sparked outrage across the Muslim world.

Read more here

UNVERIFIED FOOTAGE SHOWS PROTESTERS GATHERING OUTSIDE US EMBASSY

Demo held outside US embassy in Berlin

Protesters are now gathering outside the US embassy in Berlin.

Pictures shared on Twitter show Palestinian flags being waved near the city’s Brandenburg Gate.

It comes after the US embassy in Germany warned Americans to be vigilant after President Trump said Jerusalem is Israel’s capital.

The remarks have sparked fury across the Muslim world.

A demonstration in front of the US Embassy in German capital Berlin, condemning Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as capital of Israel#HandsOffAlQuds #القدس_عاصمتنا #HandsOffJerusalem#القدس_عاصمه_فلسطين_الابديه
pic.twitter.com/De3TRE59hC

— Ali Hussein (@Alihussein_2) December 6, 2017

What is Israel’s capital? What Donald Trump’s Jerusalem announcement means and why it’s so important

Donald Trump today announced the US will recognise Jerusalem as the capital of Israel for the first time.

The move will see the US embassy in Israel shift from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem at some point over the next four years.

It comes amid stern warnings that the move will plunge the Middle East – and the world – into “a fire without end.”

But what does the new announcement mean – and why is it important?

Here’s everything you need to know.

Donald Trump (Image: REX/Shutterstock)

Christians ‘protest Trump’s speech by switching off Christmas tree lights’

The White House had a conference call with Christian faith leaders about Trumps Jerusalem announcement. Faith leaders were reportedly “absolutely ecstatic” about todays decision. Meanwhile Christians in Bethlehem have turned off their Xmas tree lights to protest Trumps decision pic.twitter.com/tymHUblx2u

— Ayman Mohyeldin (@AymanM) December 6, 2017

Czech Republic appears to back Trump by describing Jerusalem ‘future capital of both states’

The Czech Republic has appeared to sensationally back Donald Trump after saying it considers Jerusalem to be the capital of Israel and Palestine.

Following Mr Trump’s controversial declaration, the country said it considered the city to be the “future capital” of both states.

The statement from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic reads: “The Czech Republic currently, before the peace between Israel and Palestine is signed, recognizes Jerusalem to be in fact the capital of Israel in the borders of the demarcation line from 1967.

“The Czech Republic together with other EU member states, following the EU Foreign Affaires Council Conclusions, considers Jerusalem to be future capital of both states, meaning the State of Israel and the future State of Palestine.

“The Ministry can start considering moving of the Czech embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem only based on results of negotiations with key partners in the region and in the world.”

Position of MFA to Issue of Jerusalem: https://t.co/vbAwRwQpxM

— Czech MFA (@CzechMFA) December 6, 2017

Protesters target US embassies

More US embassies have tonight been targeted by protesters amid rising anger over President Trump’s speech declaring Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

Demonstrators have been filmed chanting outside an embassy in Amman, Jordan in unverified footage.

US embassy staff have already warned people not to send their children to school over fears of angry protests.

The US embassy in Ankara, Turkey, was also the scene for angry activists while arrangements were being made for a sit-in protest tomorrow in Kuwait.

UNVERIFIED FOOTAGE SHOWS PROTESTERS GATHERING OUTSIDE US EMBASSY

US citizens told to ‘remain vigilant’ in UK and Berlin

US embassies in London and Berlin have warned Americans to ‘remain vigilant’ in the wake of President Trump’s controversial Jerusalem speech.

Advice issued to US nationals includes the need for “caution and personal awareness”.

It comes amid mounting anger towards the US in the Muslim world after President Trump declared Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.

READ: Security message for U.S. Citizens pic.twitter.com/n0Fd7kBWTo

— U.S. Embassy London (@USAinUK) December 6, 2017

US embassy in Jordan suspends services and instructs children to miss school

The US embassy in Jordan has instructed children to avoid school tomorrow as it suspended services.

In a series of tweets, the embassy asked Americans in the country to keep a low profile as it feared violent protests over President Trump’s Jerusalem speech.

The recent announcement that the United States recognizes Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and plans to relocate the U.S. Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem may spark protests, some of which have the potential to become violent.

— U.S. Embassy Jordan (@USEmbassyJordan) December 6, 2017

All Embassy travel outside Amman, both official and personal, has been prohibited until further notice. Americans in Jordan are encouraged to maintain a low profile and to remain alert to developments.

— U.S. Embassy Jordan (@USEmbassyJordan) December 6, 2017

The U.S. Embassy in Amman has temporarily suspended routine public services. U.S. government personnel and their family members in Jordan are limiting public movements, including an instruction for children not to attend school on December 7, 2017.

— U.S. Embassy Jordan (@USEmbassyJordan) December 6, 2017

VIDEO: Hundreds protest outside US Consulate in Istanbul

This footage shows hundreds protesting outside the US Consulate in Istanbul following President Trump’s Jerusalem speech.

The demonstration is among many taking place across the Muslim world after Mr Trump declared Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.

In Turkey, protesters gathered outside the US Consulate in Istanbul and the US embassy in Ankara.

HUNDREDS PROTEST OUTSIDE U.S. CONSULATE IN ISTANBUL

Fatah ‘calls for general strike in Jerusalem’

Palestinian political party, Fatah, has reportedly called for a general strike in Jerusalem tomorrow to protest against Donald Trump.

The group has called for a day of protest after President Trump declared Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and pledged to move the US embassy there from Tel Aviv.

The move was reported by journalist Khaled Abu Toameh on Twitter.

Furious protests are raging across the Muslim world following Mr Trump’s announcement as world leaders queued up to rebuke him over his intervention.

FATAH calls general strike in #Jerusalem Thursday to protest Trump declaration. pic.twitter.com/UTTgjhlLKF

— Khaled Abu Toameh (@KhaledAbuToameh) December 6, 2017

VIDEO: President Trump appears to slur words during keynote Jerusalem speech

Donald Trump appeared to slur his words during a major speech today, as he officially recognised Jerusalem as the capital city of Israel.

The President appeared to have trouble pronouncing ‘s’ sounds towards the end of his speech.

It led to a bizarre moment as he finished his address, where he said: “Thank you. God blesh you. God blesh the Israelis. God blesh the Palestinians and God blesh the United Shtates”

Another passage the President appeared to struggle with read: “And finally I ask the leaders of the region, political and religious, Israeli and Palestinian, Jewish and Christian and Muslim to join us in the noble quest for lasting peace.”

Trump’s bizarre speech came amid warnings that moving the US embassy will plunge the Middle East – and the world – into “a fire without end.”

TRUMP SLURS HIS WAY THROUGH DRAMATIC ENDING TO JERUSALEM SPEECH

‘More than 250,000 Palestinians protest against Trump in Gaza’

Reports in Gaza say 250,000 Palestinians have descended in protest at Donald Trump’s move to declare Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.

The Gaza News Twitter account, the official account of the Gaza News Agency, said an angry march was under way in Gaza with protesters filmed waving Palestinian flags.

A picture also show tyres being burned amid the reported chaos.

#عاجل#صور | إشعال الإطارات خلال تظاهرات غاضبة في مدينة رفح جنوب قطاع غزة تنديدا بقرار نقل السفارة الأمريكية الى القدس المحتلة.#القدس_عاصمتنا#القدس_عاصمة_فلسطين pic.twitter.com/nPaYvL8peU

— غزة الآن – Gaza Now (@gazalnps) December 6, 2017

#عاجل : #صور | انطلاق مسيرة غاضبة في خانيونس جنوب قطاع غزة تنديداً بما ورد في خطاب الرئيس الأمريكي دونالد ترامب.#القدس_عاصمتنا pic.twitter.com/B8YJxUxdgU

— غزة الآن – Gaza Now (@gazalnps) December 6, 2017

VIDEO: Donald Trump’s Jerusalem statement in full

Watch Donald Trump’s historic address in which he declared Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.

The President’s comments sparked international outrage and drew criticism from world leaders.

IN FULL: TRUMP MAKES HISTORIC ANNOUNCEMENT ON JERUSALEM

May brands Trump move but “unhelpful” but ‘shares his desire to end conflict’

Theresa May tonight branded Donald Trump “unhelpful” for declaring Jerusalem as Israel’s capital but added she ‘shared his desire’ to end the conflict in the Middle East.

The Prime Minister has responded to the President’s historic announcement in which she appeared to rebuke him but also applaud him for his “commitment to a two-state solution”.

Mrs May also reiterated there were no plans to move the British embassy in Israel from its current base in Tel Aviv

Mrs May said: “We disagree with the US decision to move its embassy to Jerusalem and recognise Jerusalem as the Israeli capital before a final status agreement. We believe it is unhelpful in terms of prospects for peace in the region.

“The British Embassy to Israel is based in Tel Aviv and we have no plans to move it.
“Our position on the status of Jerusalem is clear and long-standing: it should be determined in a negotiated settlement between the Israelis and the Palestinians, and Jerusalem should ultimately be the shared capital of the Israeli and Palestinian states.

“In line with relevant Security Council Resolutions, we regard East Jerusalem as part of the Occupied Palestinian Territories.
“We share President Trump’s desire to bring an end to this conflict.

“We welcome his commitment today to a two-state solution negotiated between the parties, and note the importance of his clear acknowledgement that the final status of Jerusalem, including the sovereign boundaries within the city, must be subject to negotiations between the Israelis and the Palestinians.
“We encourage the US Administration to now bring forward detailed proposals for an Israel-Palestinian settlement.
“To have the best chances of success, the peace process must be conducted in an atmosphere free from violence. We call on all parties to work together to maintain calm.”

Theresa May has reacted to President Trump (Image: Getty)

United Nations Secretary General: ‘There is no plan B on Middle East peace process’

UN Secretary General António Guterres tonight said there was no “plan B” for peace in the Middle East.

Mr Guterres said a two-state solution was key to bringing stability to the region, which has tonight been thrown into doubt after President Trump declared Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.

Amid mounting condemnation from across the globe, Mr Guterres said: “From day one as Secretary-General of the United Nations, I have consistently spoken out against any unilateral measures that would jeopardize the prospect of peace for Israelis and Palestinians.

“Jerusalem is a final status issue that must be resolved through direct negotiations between the two parties on the basis of the relevant Security Council and General Assembly resolutions, taking into account the legitimate concerns of both the Palestinian and the Israeli sides.

“I understand the deep attachment that Jerusalem holds in the hearts of so many people. It has been so for centuries and it will always be.

“In this moment of great anxiety, I want to make it clear : there is no alternative to the two-state solution. There is no Plan B.

“It is only by realizing the vision of two states living side-by-side in peace, security and mutual recognition, with Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and Palestine, and all final status issues resolved permanently through negotiations, that the legitimate aspirations of both peoples will be achieved.”

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - MAY 11: António Guterres, UN Secretary General, attends the London Conference on Somalia at Lancaster House on May 11, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by Jack Hill - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
UN Secretary General António Guterres (Image: WPA Pool)

EU Commission reveals “serious concern” over Trump announcement

The EU Commission has tonight revealed “serious concern” peace could be destabilised in the Middle East over President Trump’s declaration on Jerusalem.

The group said it feared “repercussions” after Mr Trump said Jerusalem was Israel’s capital and pledged to move the US embassy there from Tel Aviv.

It also clarified its position remain unchanged as it continues to work towards a two-state solution.

In a tweet, the EU Commission said: “Serious concern about today’s announcement by the US President Trump on Jerusalem & repercussions this may have on the prospect of peace.

“The EU position remains unchanged. We will increase our work with parties & partners to negotiate status of Jerusalem as capital of 2 states.”

Serious concern about today’s announcement by the US President Trump on Jerusalem & repercussions this may have on the prospect of peace.

The EU position remains unchanged. We will increase our work with parties & partners to negotiate status of Jerusalem as capital of 2 states

— European Commission (@EU_Commission) December 6, 2017

ANALYSIS: Trump decision to move US embassy to Jerusalem could trigger biggest outbreak of violence in years

The Mirror’s Defence and Security Editor Chris Hughes has given his thoughts on tonight’s historic declaration by Donald Trump.

For years the US has avoided moving their embassy to Jerusalem, thereby affirming the city as the capital of Israel.

There was never any point in doing so.

The danger of an explosion of violence across the Middle East in reaction to such a controversial move meant the easiest choice was not to bother.

At best, Muslims throughout the world may be offended that Trump has yet again ridden roughshod over their claim over the city.

At worst it could spark a conflagration the likes of which we have not seen in years across the Middle East and the rest of the world.

Coming at a time of high risk of an Islamist terror attack across Europe it will certainly pour more petrol on the troubled fires of UK extremism.

Just when the terror group Islamic State is being destroyed militarily the last thing the west needs to be doing is to invite more terrorism.

But if by moving the US embassy there, Trump formally indicates Israel’s capital is Jerusalem, the very city which the Jewish state should share with Palestinians, all bets are off.

By grasping at approval ratings to bolster the turbulence hitting his presidency Trump may spark violence across the region the likes of which have not seen in many years.

And this has the potential for horrific implications for the rest of the world including Britain.

Donald Trump’s decision could trigger a wave of violence (Image: AFP)

Canada distances itself from Trump and calls for “calm”

Canada has become the latest country to distance itself from Donald Trump as it called for calm in the Middle East.

Chrystia Freeland, Minister of Foreign Affairs, said the status of Jerusalem could only be resolved by settling the Palestinian-Israeli dispute.

It comes as Donald Trump tonight declared Jerusalem to be the Israel’s capital – sparking fury across the Muslim world.

Ms Freeland said: “Canada is a steadfast ally and friend of Israel and friend to the Palestinian people.

“Canada’s longstanding position is that the status of Jerusalem can be resolved only as part of a general settlement of the Palestinian-Israeli dispute.

“We are strongly committed to the goal of a comprehensive, just and lasting peace in the Middle East, including the creation of a Palestinian state living side-by-side in peace and security with Israel.

“We call for calm and continue to support the building of conditions necessary for the parties to find a solution.”

Statement by Minister of Foreign Affairs on the status of #Jerusalemhttps://t.co/ZUu7a0oesE

— Foreign Policy CAN (@CanadaFP) December 6, 2017

Lebanese PM: US move ‘rejected by Arab world’

Lebanon’s Prime Minister Saad Hariri has said President Trump’s move to recognise Jerusalem as the Israeli capital and move its embassy there has been ‘rejected by the Arab world’.

Mr Hariri tweeted: “The American decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and the transfer of the embassy to it is a step rejected by the Arab world and warning of the dangers of blowing on the region.

“Lebanon condemns and rejects this resolution and proclaims on this day the highest degree of solidarity with the Palestinian people and their right to establish an independent State with Jerusalem as its capital.”

القرار الأمريكي بالاعتراف بالقدس عاصمة لإسرائيل وبنقل السفارة اليها خطوة يرفضها العالم العربي وتنذر بمخاطر تهب على المنطقة. لبنان يندد ويرفض هذا القرار ويعلن في هذا اليوم أعلى درجات التضامن مع الشعب الفلسطيني وحقه في قيام دولة مستقلة عاصمتها القدس.

— Saad Hariri (@saadhariri) December 6, 2017

Palestine President: US has ‘withdrawn’ from peace process

Palestine’s President has accused the US of ‘withdrawing’ from the Middle East peace process.

Mahmoud Abbas has reportedly ordered his team to return from Washington in response to President Trump’s announcement that Jerusalem is the capital of Israel.

Mahmoud Abbas (Image: REUTERS)

Reports: Palestinian forces plan Jerusalem ‘strike’

Reports on social media suggest a “strike” is set to hit Jerusalem tomorrow.

Speculation suggests Palestinian national and Islamic forces will take action in the city after President Trump declared it Israel’s capital.

Elsewhere, reports suggest a “day in anger” will take in Lebanon while a march for Palestine is believed to be taking place in Tunisia.

It comes ahead of an expected outcry over President Trump’s announcement tonight at the White House.

Critics had warned Mr Trump he threatened peace in the Middle East if he went ahead with the plan.

Protests are building against Donald Trump (Image: Anadolu)

Where is the US embassy moving?

Donald Trump pledged to move the US embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

He made the announcement in an historic speech where he said he recognised Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.

The move has sparked furious protests across the world as critics warned the move would threaten peace across the Middle East.

Here’s a map showing where the embassy will move to.

Map of Tel Aviv to Jerusalem
Map of Tel Aviv to Jerusalem

Jeremy Corbyn: Trump is ‘reckless threat to peace’

Jeremy Corbyn has slammed Donald Trump’s historic announcement on Jerusalem as a ‘reckless threat to peace’.

The Labour leader has voiced his outrage after the President broke with tradition by saying he recognised Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.

He also called on the Government to condemn the “dangerous act”.

Mr Corbyn tweeted: “Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, including occupied Palestinian territory, is a reckless threat to peace. The British Government must condemn this dangerous act and work for a just and viable settlement of the conflict.”

Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, including occupied Palestinian territory, is a reckless threat to peace. The British Government must condemn this dangerous act and work for a just and viable settlement of the conflict.

— Jeremy Corbyn (@jeremycorbyn) December 6, 2017

Jeremy Corbyn has condemned Donald Trump (Image: PA)

Protests raging across Turkey

Protests are raging at US buildings in Turkey following President Trump’s announcement.

Demonstrators have taken to the streets outside the US embassy in Ankara and near the US Consulate in Istanbul.

It comes after President Trump declared Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and pledged to move the US embassy from Tel Aviv.

Demonstrators have gathered in Istanbul near the US Consulate (Image: REUTERS)
And near the US embassy in Ankara (Image: REUTERS)

French President: We do not support Trump

French President Emmanuel Macron has hit out at Donald Trump over his historic announcement on Jerusalem.

Mr Macron said his country does not support President Trump’s “unilateral” decision to recognise Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and called for calm across the region.

He said: “This decision is a regrettable decision that France does not approve of and goes against international law and all the resolutions of the U.N. Security Council.”

His remarks come as countries warned Trump against making the announcement.

Emmanuel Macron
Emmanuel Macron (Image: Getty)

UN Secretary General: Jerusalem must be resolved through negotiation

UN Secretary General António Guterres has said Jerusalem must be resolved through “direct negotiations between the two parties”.

Making a statement soon after President Trump declared the city as the Israel’s capital, Mr Guterres tweeted: “Jerusalem is a final status issue that must be resolved through direct negotiations between the two parties on the basis of Security Council and General Assembly resolutions.”

Jerusalem is a final status issue that must be resolved through direct negotiations between the two parties on the basis of Security Council & General Assembly resolutions – @antonioguterres pic.twitter.com/8JOLJ6PeR0

— UN Spokesperson (@UN_Spokesperson) December 6, 2017

Israeli PM: The Jewish people will be “forever grateful”

Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has said the Jewish people will be “forever grateful” after Donald Trump declared Jerusalem as the Israeli capital.

The leader tweeted: “Thank you for today’s historic decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.

“The Jewish people and the Jewish state will be forever grateful.”

He said the decision was an important step towards peace and called on all countries to follow the US and move their embassies to Jerusalem.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu: @POTUS Trump, thank you for today’s historic decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. The Jewish people and the Jewish state will be forever grateful. pic.twitter.com/Z24lSRezYm

— PM of Israel (@IsraeliPM) December 6, 2017

Protests raging across Gaza over Trump announcement

Protesters shout slogans during the protest of Jerusalem’s recognition at the Jabaliya Refugee Camp in Gaza City, Gaza.

Donald Trump broke with tradition to formally recognise Jerusalem as Israel’s capital today and begin preparations to move the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

(Image: Anadolu)
(Image: Anadolu)
(Image: Anadolu)

Trump: US would support ‘two state solution’

Donald Trump says the United States would support a two state solution if it was agreed by both sides.

The President said he was committed to facilitating peace in the Middle East following his historic announcement.

Speaking at the White House, Mr Trump said he had “judged this course of action to be in the best interests of the United States of America, and the pursuit of peace between Israel and the Palestinians”.

It comes as he was warned recognising Jerusalem as Israel’s capital would be ‘declaring war on Muslims’.

Trump made the historic announcement tonight (Image: AFP)

Hamas staging rallies over Trump announcement

Hamas has declared mass protests will be held rejecting President Trump’s move to recognise Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.

The Palestinian militant Islamist organisation said rallies would take place in Gaza, Rafah and Jabalia tonight.

حركة حماس تنظم مسيرات جماهيرية حاشدة مساء اليوم الأربعاء، في غزة ورفح ومخيم جباليا رفضاً لقرار ترامب بالاعتراف بالقدس عاصمة للاحتلال ونقل السفارة الأمريكية إلى القدس.https://t.co/5OWvaj7GxE

— حركة حماس (@hamasinfo) December 6, 2017

Rallies are being held in Gaza (Image: Anadolu)

Trump says declaration is ‘long overdue step’ towards peace in Middle East

President Trump said his announcement was “a long overdue step” to advance the Middle East peace process and work towards a lasting agreement.

But Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas warned it would have “dangerous consequences” for the region.

Donald Trump made the historic announcement tonight (Image: AFP)

President Trump says Jerusalem is Israel’s capital

Donald Trump has tonight announced Jerusalem as the capital of Israel despite an international outcry.

President Trump was warned peace in the Middle East could be under threat if the US became the first country to identify Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.

But the President failed to change course and made the declaration.

Palestinian diplomat Manuel Hassassian accused Mr Trump of ‘declaring war on Muslims’ if he followed through with his announcement.

Protests are now expected to gather at US embassies across the world.

The announcement was condemned by the UK, Russia, China and several Muslim-majority nations.

Trump was warned not to make the declaration (Image: Getty)

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