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trump move on jerusalem highlights arab divisions

beirut (ap) — muslims across the middle east warned wednesday of disastrous consequences as president donald trump recognized 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.jerusalem, a cherished and combustible landmark, is one of the very few unifying issues in an arab world plagued by wars and sectarianism. but 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 catastrophic proxy war for supremacy in the region.most read storiesunlimited digital access. $1 for 4 weeks.“if half the funds spent by some rulers in the region to encourage terrorism, extremism, sectarianism and incitement against neighbors was spent on liberating palestine, we wouldn’t be facing today this american egotism,” iran’s foreign minister javad zarif said in a tweet wednesday, clearly directed at saudi arabia.criticism of trump’s move poured in from tehran to ankara to war-ravaged syria, reflecting the anxiety ah...