Trump's Jerusalem decision could incite extremists, Iraq warns

The U.S. State Department has issued a "worldwide caution" warning after President Donald Trump's announcement Wednesday the U.S. would recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital and move the American embassy there.

"The Worldwide Caution was updated with information on the continuing threat of terrorist actions, political violence, and criminal activity against US citizens and interests overseas", a State Department spokesperson told The Hill.

In a "security message" posted on the consulate's website, the US government said it published the Israel travel warning because of "widespread calls for demonstrations" beginning Wednesday in Jerusalem and the West Bank.

The US Ambassador was summoned to Iraq for making "protest" from the Ministry of foreign Affairs of Iraq, because of the unprecedented decision by trump, which he recognized Israel's capital Jerusalem.

The State Department previously issued a travel warning for Israel on April 11, 2017.

The warning went on to urge American citizens to be aware of local developments and remain in contact with United States embassies or consulates. "These facilities may temporarily close or periodically suspend public services to assess their security posture".

Later the American President ordered to transfer the American Embassy from tel Aviv to Jerusalem directly.

He also proclaimed Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

Palestinian have demanded that part of Jerusalem be set aside as their capital and the global community has traditionally view Tel Aviv as the capital of Israel.

"It is time for all civilized nations and people to respond to disagreement with reasoned debate-not senseless violence-and for young and moderate voices across the Middle East to claim for themselves a bright and attractive future".

Terming the USA decision "naive" and "dangerous" for worldwide peace, the separatists said these unilateral and anti-Muslim decisions were bound to deteriorate and damage the already fragile peace and tranquillity of the world.

Iraq has also summoned the USA ambassador in Baghdad and plans to hand over a memo protesting the new policy, Reuters reported.

Israel captured East Jerusalem in 1967; it is now home to more than a quarter million Palestinians.

Vanessa Coleman

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