JERUSALEM – Tensions in Jerusalem and the West Bank increased on Friday before mass demonstrations called by Palestinian leaders in response to a statement by President Trump recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.
Israeli police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said the units had been reinforced in the vicinity of the Old City. However, he said that there would be no restrictions for Muslim worshipers to enter the holy precinct of Haram al-Sharif.
He said that the security forces were waiting for silence, but they were preparing for riots in the protests that would take place after the midday prayers.
On Thursday, Palestinian protesters clashed with Israeli forces in Jerusalem, Ramallah and other places in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip. In some places, protesters burn American flags and Trump posters. The Palestine Red Crescent Society said more than 100 people were injured.
Following Trump's speech on Wednesday, the Islamist Hamas movement in Gaza urged its supporters to ignite a third intifada, or uprising, against Israel. The Palestinian Authority in the West Bank called for three days of fury and ordered a general strike, closing all its public institutions.
Trump's announcement that he would relocate the US Embassy. UU From Tel Aviv to Jerusalem and his declaration that the United States recognizes Jerusalem as the capital of Israel reversed a US policy. UU Decades ago
Although it is unclear how Trump's recognition will develop in practice, any perceived change in the state of the city – holy for Christians, Muslims and Jews and for millennia – is a deeply charged issue that resonates beyond the conflict between Israelis and Palestinians
An Associated Press report on Thursday said the State Department had no plans to change current US practice with regard to including Jerusalem as Israel in consular reports of births abroad and in US passports UU Issued in Jerusalem. A thorny issue that reached the Supreme Court in 2015 when American parents competed for Israel to be included in the passport of their son born in Jerusalem.
Still, the reaction against Trump's recognition of Israel's right to call Jerusalem its capital spread throughout the region, with hundreds of protesters gathering in front of the embassy of EE. UU reading "Decision rejected" and "No to the arrogance of the United States" Criticism from governments in the Middle East, Europe and beyond continued to arrive with American friends and adversaries expressing disapproval and alarm.
The president of Turkey predicted that the region would ignite in a "circle of fire", while European leaders reiterated their opposition to politics, and Desmond Tutu, winner of the Nobel Peace Prize 86, declared: "God is crying".
On the edge of the Palestinian city of Ramallah On Thursday, Israeli forces fired dozens of cartridges of tear gas and stun grenades at hundreds of Palestinian protesters, expressing their anger at Trump's statement, moving quickly to disperse the crowd.
"This will be bad," said an ambulance driver in Ramallah as the youths burned tires and threw stones at the soldiers. Emergency vehicles transported the wounded.
In some places, especially in Gaza, protesters set fire to the images of Trump and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, and to American and Israeli flags.
In response to three projectiles fired on its territory From Gaza, Israeli planes and tanks attacked two Hamas military sites in the strip, the Israeli army said in a statement.
It is not clear how long the protests will last. Some Palestinians said they felt emboldened after a victory seen last summer that followed two weeks of protests by metal detectors installed in the al-Aqsa mosque in the Old City of Jerusalem.
Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh called for a new uprising in the Palestinian territories and declared a day of fury on Friday.
"Tomorrow should be a day of fury and the beginning of a broad movement for an uprising that I call the intifada of Jerusalem's freedom," he said.
He called on the Palestinian Authority to stop security coordination with Israel and "allow the resistance in the occupied West Bank to respond to this flagrant aggression."
Israel's army said it was preparing for an increase in violence in the coming days and had increased its strength in the West Bank, strengthening its combat intelligence and territorial defense units. Israeli police said three people were arrested in connection with "riots" near the Damascus Gate, a main gateway to the Old City of Jerusalem.
U.S. Institutions in the region were also preparing for possible violent consequences. The State Department restricted trips for US government employees. UU In Jerusalem and the West Bank, warning American citizens to avoid crowded areas.
Following Trump's announcement, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas said the United States could no longer be a just mediator in the peace process between Israelis and Palestinians. He said he would galvanize the Palestinian struggle for independence. Eight of the 15 member countries of the US Security Council. UU They called an emergency meeting on Friday on the subject.
In Israel, however, the mood was buoyant, with ministers and government experts declaring a diplomatic victory for the Jewish state and for Netanyahu.
Netanyahu announced Trump's recognition of Jerusalem as a "historical declaration", and in a video posted on his Facebook page, he compared Trump to British Foreign Minister Lord Balfour, whose declaration 100 years ago opened the way to the creation of Israel  "President Trump has always been linked to the history of our capital," he said. "His name will now float along with other names in the context of the glorious history of Jerusalem and our people."