US President Donald Trump set off protests throughout the Middle East on Wednesday as he announced that America formally recognizes Jerusalem as Israel's capital city.
Furious Palestinians burn American flags and promise more 'days of rage' after Trump says Jerusalem IS Israel's capital
STEPANAKERT, DECEMBER 7, ARTSAKHPRESS:He changed decades of US policy in a brief afternoon speech and cast the move as a bid to preserve, not derail, aspirations for regional peace, the Daily Mail reports.
Appearing in the White House's Diplomatic Reception Room against an elaborate backdrop of Christmas decorations, he also said the United States embassy in Israel would, over time, be moved there from Tel Aviv.
Israel is the only country where the United States has an embassy in a city that the host nation does not consider its capital.
But his speech was greeted by demonstrations and a threat from Hamas, who called Thursday and Friday 'days of rage' that he had 'opened the gates of hell'.
In Gaza thousands flooded the streets and burned U.S. flags. Palestinian secular and Islamist factions called a general strike on Thursday after tens of thousands took to the streets on Wednesday night.
Israeli security forces braced for possible violence for days to come and the U.S. embassy in Jordan was effectively locked down.
World leaders including the Pope spoke out against the measure, saying that it jeopardized the peace process. But Trump was unrepentant that he was doing the 'right thing'.