But President Trump's move is music to the ears of 50 million evangelical Christians in the US who unreservedly support Israel and believe the Jewish state is an important part of a Biblical prophecy which would lead to Armageddon, the "end of days" and the Second Coming of Jesus.
Trump made the controversial announcement on Wednesday, saying that the US would move its embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, drawing condemnation from world leaders and sending shock waves through the Muslim world.
U.S. President Donald Trump's announcement on disputed Jerusalem on Wednesday infuriated Palestinians, who see the city as their future capital, prompting Hamas to call for a revolt against Israel and demand that Abbas abandon American-sponsored peace-making. Sage Colleges professor, Dr. Steven Leibo, breaks it all down.
"His decision wasn't meant to help (the peace team)".
Sarah Stern, president of the pro-Israel Endowment for Middle East Truth, hailed Trump's decision. "He pulled the trigger, Trump pulled the trigger".
Seeking to soften the blow of his announcement to the Palestinians, he insisted he was not taking a position on "any final status issues, including the specific boundaries of the Israeli sovereignty in Jerusalem, or the resolution of contested borders". His move "will yield increased hatred, conflict, violence and suffering in Jerusalem and the Holy Land, moving us farther from the goal of unity and deeper toward destructive division", they said.
The Iraqi foreign ministry summoned the US ambassador in order to present him with a memorandum "protesting the US president's decision regarding Jerusalem".
Then certain events would happen before the "Great Tribulation", a period of great global instability which Dr. Reagan said would last seven years.
This has been effectively at death's door since former secretary of state John Kerry's peace mission ended in failure in 2014.
Jerusalem authorities beamed images of the U.S. and Israeli flags onto the walls of Jerusalem's Old City on Wednesday ahead of President Trump's speech.
Trump ordered a delay to any embassy move from Tel Aviv since the United States does not have an embassy in Jerusalem to move into.
Pope Francis called for Jerusalem's status quo to be respected, saying new tension would further inflame world conflicts. A senior administration official said it could take three to four years to build one.
Jordan acts as custodian of the Islamic sites in Jerusalem - known as al-Quds in Arabic - and Jordan's King Abdullah said Trump's move had "dangerous repercussions on the stability and security of the region".
In the West Bank cities of Hebron and Al-Bireh, thousands of demonstrators rallied with chants of "Jerusalem is the capital of the State of Palestine", witnesses said. "This decision opened Pandora's box in the region", Yildirim added in a written statement.
Abbas clearly stated that the declaration represents a withdrawal of US role in sponsoring the peace process, adding that the move encourages Israel "to pursue the policy of occupation, settlement and ethnic cleansing".
Leaders of Muslim-majority nations were quick to lambast Trump's remarks. But Trump's announcement on Jerusalem threatens to scotch the fledgling effort.
Prime Minister Theresa May said the British government disagreed with Trump's decision, saying it was "unhelpful" for peace efforts. The Palestinian people know how to respond appropriately to the disregarding of their feelings and sanctities.
The decision will likely placate the Israeli government and conservative allies in the U.S. who have long held that Jerusalem is the rightful capital of Israel. "We disagree with the US decision to move its embassy to Jerusalem and recognise Jerusalem as the Israeli capital", she said in a statement.