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Aired December 7, 2017 - 02:00 ET
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ISHA SESAY, CNN ANCHOR: Well, tough views all around the world. I'm Isha Sesay live in Los Angeles. Two major breaking news stories right now.
JOHN VAUSE, CNN ANCHOR I'm John Vause not far from the exclusive suburb of Bel-Air one of a - one of the major fires zones burning across southern California and there are now fears that are generate (ph) strong seas winds will only make this crisis worse.
BECKY ANDERSON, CNN ANCHOR: Well, I'm Becky Anderson in Jerusalem for you this morning as U.S. President Donald Trump now recognized as the capital of Israel. It's a decision that many call a threat to Middle East peace. Palestinian leaders are calling for a general strike and another day of protest against Donald Trump's decision.
Demonstrators marched through the streets of Gaza on Wednesday. Arab leaders condemned the president's move predicting extremists, holy wars and an end to the Middle East peace process. Mr. Trump insists he remains committed to helping Israelis and Palestinians reach an agreement.
DONALD TRUMP, PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES: We want an agreement that is a great deal for the Israelis and a great deal for the Palestinians. So, today we call for calm, for moderation and for the voices of tolerance to prevail over their purveyors of hate.
ANDERSON: Well, Mr. Trump has order the State Department to start preparation to move the U.S. embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem although that will take years. The Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called on other countries to follow the U.S. leads but Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas said the announcement would lead the region into wars that will never end.
BENJAMIN METANYAHU, ISRAELI PRIME MINISTER: We're profoundly grateful for the president for his courageous and just decision to recognize. The recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and to prepare for the opening of the U.S. embassy here. This decision reflects the president's commitment to an ancient but enduring truth, to fulfilling his promises and to advancing peace.
MAHMOUD ABBAS, PALESTINIAN AUTHORITY PRESIDENT (through translator): Salutation to our brave captives and to our injured people who have sacrificed themselves for the sake of Palestine and Jerusalem. Long live Palestine, long live Jerusalem the free, eternal and Arabic (ph) capital of the state of Palestine.
ANDERSON: Let's see a voice not far from where I stand today in Jerusalem a little further but not too far from here, 45 minutes or so, let's say, by road is Amman in Jordon Jamana Karachi joining me from there. Coordinated condemnation across the Arab world. Led in part, Jamana, by Jordan who have more at stake here than most others. Explain, if you will.
JAMANA KARACHI, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Absolutely, Becky, you know for the past week or so and even before that for the past year we have been hearing the warnings coming from Jordanian officials including King Abjullah about such a move and we have seen the statements saying that this is an illegal move according to the government, violates international law.
They're really concerned about the repercussions that they were described by the king as very dangerous repercussions when it comes to the security and stability of the region. As you mentioned, this - Jordan plays a key role here for several reasons. Of course first of all you've got this country that is more than half the population here is either Palestinian or of Palestinian decent.
So, there is that concern about any sort of reaction. But I have to mention, Becky, since this announcement was made it is not just Palestinians here who are angered, infuriated by the announcement by the president. It is Palestinians and Jordanians alike as we have seen in other parts of the world.
Then you have Jordan's official rule as the custodial of the holy sites for Muslims in the city of Jerusalem and of course there's also that concern about what this means when it comes to Jordan's position as it tries to revive or tried for a long time or the past year since President Trump came into office to try and revive the peace process.
The Jordanians right now, Becky, here saying what they want to do is to try and contain the repercussions of this announcement.
BECKY ANDERSON, CNN ANCHOR: (INAUIDIBLE) in Jordan joining me now in Jerusalem. A former Israeli ambassador who resigned from the diplomatic service on groups of principal, a man who is no fan of the Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Ilan Baruch joining me now.
You response firstly and briefly to the details of President Donald Trump's announcement and you thoughts on the timing of that announcement.
ILAN BARUCH, FORMER ISRAELI AMBASSADOR: What we see here is a symbolic gesture as supporting Israel and its claim for the city and without actually giving any limits to it and the limits or the details are where we need to clear pay attention right now.
The context must be not American domestic but Middle Eastern and primarily, we need to look at the Palestine Israel relations.
ANDERSON: It was fascinating to hear the White House actually being sort of relatively transparent about the fact that this was the campaign pledge and that the U.S. President wasn't going to let his care base down. That core base, thousand and thousand of miles form here.
The offshore of his decision, of course, will affect lives here in Jerusalem and around this wider region. So, sir, what happens next and what should happen next? -
BARUCH: Yes -
ANDERSON: Two quite different questions.
BARUCH: Yes, we have been experiencing a long phase of impaction internationally. The words is turning to deal with its own issues, primarily Europe. We have been through a phase of elections in France, in Germany, in the Netherlands and in other places. And countries were prepared to take the risk of leading us alone and that risk cannot be taken anymore.
That's where we can sue the kind gesture in order to reemploy a leverage of political move.
ANDERSON: And how do you suggest that is done?