Nasrallah: Hezbollah to Focus on Jerusalem, Best Response to Trump Would Be Third Intifada

Tens of thousands turn out for Hezbollah rally in Beirut, protesting Trump's recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital

Hezbollah demonstrators at a protest in the Lebanese capital of Beirut on December 11, 2017
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Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah said on Monday that his organization will focus on Jerusalem following U.S. President Donald Trump's decision to recognize the city as Israel's capital. Nasrallah said the best response to Trump's announcement would be a third Palestinian intifada.

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Nasrallah said that due to victories elsewhere in the region, Jerusalem and the struggle for Palestine will now be prioritized. He said the different factions working toward this goal must come together and unite.

Tens of thousands of people attended a Hezbollah rally in southern Beirut, called to protest Trump's recognition of Jerusalem last week.

The rally on Monday, one of several large demonstrations recently held across the Middle East to protest the move, was called by Nasrallah.

Protesters marched through the southern suburbs of Beirut, a Hezbollah stronghold, waving flags and chanting in support of the Palestinians, who claim East Jerusalem as the capital of their future state.

The rally came a day after a violent protest outside the U.S. Embassy in Beirut, where security forces fired tear gas and water cannons at rowdy protesters who pelted them with stones.

The protesters were hundreds of meters from the embassy, calling the Americans an "enemy of Palestine" and saying that the U.S. Embassy is "a symbol of imperialist aggression."