Lebanon’s Hezbollah said Thursday that US President Donald Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel has closed all paths to negotiations, calling it a “treacherous and malicious aggression” against the rights of Palestinians.
Hassan Fadlallah, the spokesman for the terror group’s parliamentary bloc, said that the US announcement reaffirms that the only way to restore rights is through armed “resistance.”
Lebanon is technically at war with Israel. Hezbollah, which openly seeks to destroy Israel, has long carried out attacks against Israel and the group last went to war with the Jewish state in 2006.
Fadlallah said the Jerusalem decision was likely to have “catastrophic repercussions” on regional and international stability, urging Arabs and Muslims to move fast to respond.
He said Trump’s decision “intentionally” bypassed the United Nations and international resolutions and was a “rude belittling of the Arab and Muslim worlds’ people and states.”
Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital on Wednesday sparked angry reactions from the Palestinians and across the Muslim world. Ismail Haniyeh, the head of the Hamas terror group, called for a violent uprising in response to the move.
“This Zionist policy supported by the US cannot be confronted unless we ignite a new intifada,” he said in a speech Thursday in Gaza City, where Hamas holds sway.
Palestinian protests erupted across the West Bank, East Jerusalem and the Gaza Strip on Thursday.
At various locations around the West Bank hundreds of Palestinians held demonstrations against the move, setting fires, chanting and clashing with troops.
Demonstrators in Gaza burned posters of Trump and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, as well as Israeli and US flags.
Jerusalem’s status is among the most difficult issues in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, and the US traditional position has been that it must be negotiated between the two sides.
While Israel has always considered Jerusalem its capital, with the prime minister’s office and parliament building located there, countries have avoided recognizing it as such to prevent damaging hopes for a two-state solution.
The Palestinians see East Jerusalem as the capital of their future state.