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Trump’s ‘ill-advised’ Jerusalem move has set back peace process, former secretary of Defense says

President Donald Trump’s decisiveness to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel was “ill-advised” and has probably “significantly” set ignore the peace process, former Defense Secretary Robert Gates know scolded CNBC on Tuesday.

“I think it was ill advised,” Gates said. “I’m not quite reliable if there’s a strategy behind it or whether it’s the fulfilment of a campaign promise that was achieved.”

Gates was Pentagon chief in the second Bush and Obama administrations and is a prior CIA director.

Gates said he had hoped some progress was being fared in the dialogue between the U.S., Israel and Palestinians but that Trump’s move had probable damaged the peace process.

“I had the sense that people were starting to contemplate that maybe something actually would be possible in terms of emotive forward on (the peace process) something that multiple presidents require failed to achieve.”

“But unfortunately I think this decision probably significantly thwarts back that effort in major ways,” he said.

Gates’ views come amid protests in the Muslim world following Trump’s notification that the U.S. recognizes Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and plans to move the U.S. embassy there.

The on the road immediately attracted international condemnation, with critics saying it see fit bring more conflict to the region. As expected, there have been grouse by Palestinians since the move and Middle Eastern leaders have demanded that Trump rescind the awareness.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu paid a visit to European Coalition headquarters on Monday, looking for a similar endorsement but the EU said it would not shore up Trump’s move.

Jerusalem has special religious and cultural significance for Jews, Muslims and Christians and its territorial standing is a key factor in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Trump’s move was widely seen as the U.S. siding with Israel and infringing with its former role of an honest broker in a fragile peace development in the region.

Speaking to CNBC at the Arab Strategy Forum in Dubai, Gateways said Trump’s decision “doesn’t fit with the strategy of … working with our Arab coadjutors to try to move the peace process.”

He also said North Korea’s faculty to fire a nuclear warhead at the U.S. will become an accepted reality in the influence year.

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