Local reaction to Jerusalem move
QUINCY, Il. —
Quincy University History Professor Justin Coffey calls President Trump's landmark decision to move the U.S. Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem a historic precedent.
He says while today's announcement might not directly affect life in the United States, it will forever impact international relations.
Dr. Justin Coffey says President Trump's landmark decision will have the most effect in the Middle East.
"What Donald Trump is saying is that I'm recognizing reality and that Israel is our friend and that Jerusalem is the capital. The negative consequences of this could be sanctions by the European Union against the state of Israel...but the real danger here is a possible outbreak of violence in the Middle East," Coffey explained.
Criticizers of Trump's decision fear what Coffey calls a "Third Intifada."
"Particularly among the Palestinian people in East Jerusalem. This might start what they call a third Intifada or uprising against the Israelis," said Coffey.
While the move could spark international tension, Coffey explains what the announcement could mean for American travelers.
"Bethlehem is located near Jerusalem. There's a real worry that this might cause violence and American tourists might have to be worried about their safety going to visit the Holy Land," Coffey said.
A travel alert has been issued warning U.S. government employees and their families not to travel to Jerusalem's Old City and the West Bank until further notice.