Ismail Haniyeh
Ismail Haniyeh Reuters

Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh again cautioned Trump against recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, claiming that such a declaration manifests “a blatant attack against the Islamic and Arab nation,” according to Al Jazeera.

He said that the response to such a decision would not be limited to “Palestine,” but would sweep the region.

“Nobody can foresee what will develop after Trump’s declaration,” he warned.

Haniyeh also said that he had spoken with PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas, and had emphasized to him the need to put an end to the peace process. Within this context, Haniyeh said, Abbas told him that he intended to declare in response to Trump’s announcement that the US no longer has a role in the peace process.

Haniyeh called on Palestinian Arab masses to “express their rage” in protest of US policy, and asserted that “Al-Quds is the eternal capital of the state of Palestine” and that “the Palestinian people can respond in a fitting way” to the US stance and “thwart it by means of the struggle.”