Palestinians sit in a cafe in Ramallah as TV screens show Trump announcing the recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. AFP / Abbas MOMANI
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Muslims across the Middle East warned Wednesday of disastrous consequences as President Donald Trump recognized occupied Jerusalem as Israel's capital, but in a region more divided than ever, many asked what leaders can do beyond the vehement rhetoric. Arab powerhouses are mired in their own internal troubles, their populations tired of wars, and the days when Arab leaders could challenge the United States in a meaningful way are long gone. Beyond the eruption of protests and potential explosion of violence, there is little the Arab world can do to challenge Trump's move, unanimously decried by leaders. Even the prospect of Trump recognizing it as Israel's capital became a reason for bickering between the Middle East's Sunni and Shiite powerhouses, Saudi Arabia and Iran, who are engaged in a proxy war for supremacy in the region.Egypt's President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi also spoke to Trump Tuesday, urging him to avoid any actions that would undermine Middle East peace.In 1973, Arab oil producers imposed an oil embargo against the United States in retaliation for American military support for Israel, causing soaring gas prices and straining the U.S. economy in a move that demonstrated Saudi Arabia's power and Arab unity at the time.
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