“Day of rage”: An EPIC list of all the groups and countries and people opposing the embassy move (and some who don’t)

By Seth J. Frantzman

Since the US administration of Donald Trump began leaking rumors that it would move the US embassy to Jerusalem or recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, controversy has slowly percolated to the surface in the Middle East and elsewhere. It began to come to a head on December 3rd to 5th as Jordan, Egypt, Saudi Arabia and others began to try to head off a US declaration. What follows is a list of groups, leaders and states that have opposed the move and some of the threats they have made. It is no particular order:

The avalanche of condemnations began on December 5th in the afternoon after Palestinian media revealed that Trump had told Palestinian Authority President Mahmud Abbas it was his intention to move the embassy. He also spoke with King Abdullah of Jordan and Netanyahu.

December 6


Erdogan calls for a Palestinian state on the 1967 lines, meets with Jordan’s King Abdullah

European Union

The EU encouraged Trump to forego the Jerusalem decision, warning it would “fuel” the conflict

“A way must be found through negotiations to resolve the status of Jerusalem as the future capital of both states so that the aspiration of both parties can be fulfilled,” -Federica Mogherini, European Union’s high representative


Foreign Minister Julie Bishop has said there are no plans for Australia to shift its embassy from Tel Aviv.


Geert Wilders “Jerusalem. The undivided, eternal capital of #Israel”


Simon Coveney, Foreign Minister; “I contacted US Embassy directly yesterday to express Irelands strong concerns and to urge USA not to recognise Jerusalem as Israel’s capital this week – it will make progress in Middle East Peace Process more difficult and provoke tension across the region.”


“Unequivocally opposed.”

Organization Islamic Cooperation

“The Organization for Islamic Cooperation has called on its 57 members states to sever ties with the if it moves its embassy”

United States

James Zogby “don’t rub salt in that wound”

AIPAC: “It is our long-held position that undivided is the historic, current and future capital of Israel.”

Bolton: “Relocating US embassy in to is sensible, prudent and efficient for the US.”

ZOA: “ZOA Strongly Praises President Trump for Not Signing Embassy Waiver – Will Move Embassy to Jerusalem”

Arab League

Says it will convene a meeting on Saturday


Rouhani calls for an uprising.

Supreme leader Ayatollah Khamenei: “t is out of despair & debility that they want to declare as capital of the Zionist regime. On issue of their hands are tied & they can’t achieve their goals. Victory belongs to Islamic Ummah. Palestine will be free, Palestinian nation will achieve victory.”

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December 5

United Arab Emirates

Warns of grave consequences


“rejects any measure” recognizing Jerusalem


Cabinet opposes Trump on Jerusalem

United States

US Representative David Cicilline on CNN

Cicilline: US has warned embassies abroad about potential tensions, move would be “undermining our role as an honest broker”, Congressman, member Foreign Affairs Committee

Department of State

US Consulate in Jerusalem issues travel warning ahead of Trump announcement: “With widespread calls for demonstrations beginning December 6 in Jerusalem and the West Bank, U.S. government employees and their family members are not permitted until further notice to conduct personal travel in Jerusalem’s Old City and in the West Bank, to include Bethlehem and Jericho. Official travel by U.S. government employees in Jerusalem’s Old City and in the West Bank is permitted only to conduct essential travel and with additional security measures”

Senior U.S. officials told Reuters some officers in the State Department were also deeply concerned”

J Street and Jeremy Ben-Ami

“It would be a profound mistake for President Trump to take action this week that fundamentally changes long-standing US policy on Jerusalem.” – Ben-Ami

Walid Phares

“In my view there are some scenarios, including timelines, that can satisfy all parties dealing with the US embassy move regarding Jerusalem and future resolution of the conflict. We will be happy to share with negotiators before releasing to the public.”

Dan Shapiro (former US ambassador)

“It’s not too late for Trump to make tomorrow’s Jerusalem announcement artfully, and actually do the right thing (moving the embassy) in the smart way, to advance our broader strategic objectives. But its been awfully clumsy getting to this point.”

Ben Shapiro

“Seven reasons why Trump would be right to recognize Jerusalem”


Putin tells Abbas he supports talks on Jerusalem

Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia says it’s deeply concerned about US plans to relocate it’s embassy to Jerusalem

King Salman: “It is a dangerous move.”

Saudi is accused of a “wink and nod” about Jerusalem


Daily Star entire cover calling Jerusalem capital of Palestine

Waldi Joumblatt asks people to sign petition for Jerusalem as capital of Palestine

Morocco and 57 Muslim nations

Letter of King of Morocco to Trump representing 57 Muslim heads of state warning Trump over Jerusalem

King warns of and “expresses its deep concern and strong condemnation of the US decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and transfer its embassy.”


Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas

President Abbas rejects intentions to move the US embassy from Tel Aviv, called the Pope and Russia’s Putin

Saeb Erekat

“This move will promote international anarchy and disrespect for global international law.”

Mahmoud Dahlan

“Call for withdrawal from the absurd and endless negotiations.”

President spokesman

“Nabil Abu Rdainah, spokesperson for the Palestinian president, Abbas joined a mounting chorus of warnings.”

Palestinian factions

Palestinian factions release statement calling for three days of rage”

Palestinian Fatah

“All options now open to defend Arab identity Jerusalem”

Average Palestinian people in Jerusalem

“Speaking to Palestinian in , I got the sense that ready for the next round of confrontation , but many things may stop in the last minute from his declaration , but still some of them.” – Nasser Atta

Palestinian in Bethlehem

Images show activists burning a poster of Trump


Ismail Haniyeh: “Moving embassy is a dangerous escalation.”

Hamas also threatened an “intifada”

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Prime Minister

Prime minister Netanyahu orders ministers not to make any statement or comment about President Trump’s moves on Jerusalem

Joint List MKs

Joint List MK Ahmad Tibi says embassy decision a “political attack”

Joint List MK Odeh “Trump is a political pyromaniac”

Jerusalem Mayor

Mayor Nir Barkat “Embassy could be moved in two minutes.”


Israel Katz, minister of intelligence and transport”“There would be no more righteous or proper an historical move now than recognizing Jerusalem, the Jewish people’s capital for the past 3000 years, as the capital of the State of Israel.”

Former diplomats

“25 former Israeli ambassadors, academics & peace activists: US must not unilaterally recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital”

United Kingdom

Hugh Lanning, Chair of the UK Palestine Solidarity Campaign: “dangerous disregard for international law, and for the stability of the region”.

Katie HopkinsThere is no wrong time to do the right thing. Moving the US embassy to Jerusalem the capital of Israel IS the right thing.


Houthis held a rally in Sana’a: “Oppose Jerusalem move and express support for Palestinians”


Sisi “taking measures that would undermine the chances of peace in the Middle East”.


Sigmar Gabriel “as the capital of Israel does not calm a conflict, rather it fuels it even more,” and that such a move “would be a very dangerous development.”


Erdogan calls Jerusalem a “red line,” threatens relations with Israel over it


Foreign Ministry “totally rejected any measure calling for the recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel,”


Macron warned again against recognizing Jerusalem

December 4


Macron expresses concern of possible recognition by the United States unilaterally of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel

Organization of Islamic Cooperation

Statement of 57 countries: “warns against recognizing Al-Quds as the capital of Israel, the occupying power, or establishing or transferring any diplomatic mission to Al-Quds, given that this is considered a naked aggression not only on the Arab and Islamic Ummah, but also on the rights of Muslims and Christians alike, and on the Palestinian people’s national rights, including their right to self-determination.”

December 3


Jordan Foreign Minister warns Rex Tillerson about move

Jordan begins “diplomatic offensive” regarding Jerusalem, potential to convene Arab League and Organization Islamic Cooperation

King Abdullah: moving the American embassy to Jerusalem would strengthen terror groups and derail the peace process

December 1

US Senator Dianne Feinstein “I wrote him [Trump] last week to explain why that [Embassy move] would be a terrible decision.

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