Washington (OIC-UNA) - Amid the ongoing criticism of the U.S. move to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital, a majority of Americans, whom Anadolu Agency (AA) interviewed in Washington, opposed the decision, saying it would push the Middle East further into conflict.
I am deeply disappointed in the decision, a former banker Tim McKeel, aged 67, told AA, adding it was a poor choice to take over Palestinian land without more negotiations.
Of course we have to have some new ideas to be able to solve this problem, but this was a new idea in the wrong direction, he said.
So I have deeply saddened that President Donald Trump's voice has complicated things. Sad, sad, sad, McKeel said.
Last week, Trump announced his decision despite widespread opposition across the Middle East to formally recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital.
Describing Trump's decision as a poke to a hornet's nest, realtor Luanne Christian, said it would not help anyone to move toward peace.
It was a very narrow-minded decision, and it will definitely increase tension between both sides, Christian continued. If there is ever going to be a solution and peace, we have not to take sides.
She emphasized that the international community has to bring people together to talk and put pressure on the Trump administration in order to control further tension.
I think that Trump is pandering to his political base. He knows that he is slipping in the polls. But this is the wrong way to go about trying to regain his credibility with the American people, Christian added.
Trump's announcement sparked strong condemnation from around the world, including Turkey, the EU, and the UN.
Highlighting the timing of Trump's Jerusalem decision, a tourist, Jonathan Andrewski, questioned whether this was the best decision for the U.S.
It causes lots of questions like, what will the U.S. gain on this? Why now, in the middle of the Mueller investigation? Andrewski said, referring to Trump-Russia collusion allegations.
Make no mistake, this will surely make things worse there, he added.
Christine Hearthman, from Los Angeles, told AA the Jerusalem move is something bully would do. It was just a thoughtless decision made by a bully who sets America apart as a bullying diplomacy rather than a leader, she stated.
During his election campaign last year, Trump repeatedly promised to relocate the U.S. Embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. This is not just a political move but also a military move for America, a history student, Hanoch Schwartzer, said. Because I think moving the Embassy to Jerusalem is an excuse to beef up security and U.S. military personnel.
Schwartzer said that the U.S. is trying to directly involve itself in the conflict by sending more security personnel to Palestine under the pretext of protecting their own embassy staff.
Because I can't imagine any individual of the U.S. government willing to move the U.S. embassy there and not to consider the fact that would require a greater protective force.
Describing what Palestinians have had to go through for decades as inhumane, Christine Hill, said: It is perfect timing to distract people to gain sometime for both leaders of the U.S. and Israel.
Source: International Islamic News Agency