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brent: this is dw news, live from berlin. tonight the middle east on edge. u.s. president trump's move to recognize jerusalem as the capital of israel sparks hamas to call for a new uprising. [explosions] brent: as international condemnation grows, palestinians protest in the west bank and gaza, and the israeli army reinforces troops in the west bank. we will speak to a prominent palestinian lawmaker about where things will go next. also coming up, can this man's salt germany's political woes? -- salt germany -- solve
germany's political woes? martin schulz now has made a u-turn, his party saying yes to kicking off talks with marble'-- angela merkel's conservatives again. ♪ brent: i'm brent goff, it is good to have you with us. in response to u.s. president controversial decision to recognize jerusalem as the capital of israel, the palestinian group hamas has called for an uprising, a new intifada. israel's president lavished praise on president trump, but the palestinian president said he is rallying international opposition to the move which he calls an unacceptable crime. a day of unrest in many parts of israel, thousands of palestinians took to the streets to protest
against u.s. president donald trump's decision to officially recognize jerusalem as israel's capital. and in many parts of the country, protesters clashed with security forces. israel is preparing for more violence in the coming days and deploying additional troops to the west bank. many fear the situation could escalate as the islamic militant group hamas urged followers to start an uprising, the third intifada against israel. >> we mount resistance in the west bank so we can answer this shameless aggression, and i shameless aggression. the american decision is an act of aggression against our people, a declaration of war against the palestinian people and the holiest sites of islam and christianity.
minister benjamin netanyahu in contrast hailed trumped announcement as a historic just trump's announcement have a historic landmark and said other countries should follow the lead. in contactlready with other countries which will issue a similar recognition. i have no doubt that the moment the american embassy moves to jerusalem and before then, there will be a movement of many embassies to jerusalem. the time has,. come. time has but it has also brought diplomatic backlash. turkey, russia, and the european union say recognizing jerusalem as the capital of israel and it to get aattempt
solution. the un's security council has scheduled a security meeting about the matter. hamas declared friday a day of rage, and many think the conflict could start a new bloody war in the region. all right, we want to pull in our own reporter in jerusalem on the story. we are talking about jerusalem as if it is a united city. it is not. describe for us what you have seen today. reporter: the facts on the ground is not a lot of people were in a good mood. you see the damascus it where hours -- date where our -- damascus gate where people were shouting slogans like death to israel, his billion -- people are not happy about the situation.
what we are preparing for his tomorrow, friday. friday prayers, there is an expectation that things will get serious. we have seen some of this happening with violence in the west bank. there were some here. one man was injured in front of me, and the police not in a good mood. they have been treating people very tersely, controlling who can go in and out. we will have to see what tomorrow brings. brent: we also have reports that the number of skirmishes and clashes has not been as high as people expected considering this call from hamas for another uprising. did you get that sense today, that maybe it could have been worse than it was? does that lend credence to the fact many think tomorrow will be much worse? there was a bit of that. the situation was tense, but it
seems to be under control, and the people protesting were very passionate, vocal about their feelings on the matter. they are making it known where they stood. no big outbreaks in jerusalem. we did see some violence in the and bank with the idf police sending out reinforcements to areas where there were clashes happening, but there is a sense it could go either way. it will be much harder than people think or overblown. brent: and did you get a sense of where people were putting the blame for this? are they talking about donald trump, the u.s., benjamin netanyahu? where are they firing at? reporter: the focus for the palestinians is on israel, and there is a sense trump is not making things better certainly in terms of peace negotiations, declaring jerusalem belongs to israel will throw a monkey
wrench in the negotiations. but a lot of this was anti-israel, death to israel, fighting with police, shouting, and there is a focus on the people in their vicinity. it was a heavier police presence here than there usually is. there are soldiers around the old city, t they are part of -- we had mounted police on horses, people with guns in their hands, pointing at people, very aggressive tactics. it was not a pleasant situation for those involved. we will see to whom the aggression is directed tomorrow if anything happens. brent: we will be talking with you later on in the day. thank you. for more on this story, we want to bring in here at the big table beside me, a palestinian phd student here in berlin. good to have you on this show,
and a former is really governments -- israeli government spokesman and no member of the jerusalem press. it is good to have you as well. .et me start if, with you the u.s. said the status quo has not changed with this announcement yesterday. and it has not, has it? east jerusalem is still occupied. did you as a palestinian, when you said -- when you heard president trump say that, did you think he was also referring to east jerusalem? >> i don't think that is the issue here. i think it is more it concerns the whole issue of palestine being under occupation. becauseit is so absurd it has been violated for two decades by the israeli government. the only people who set the
status quo applied to was palestinians. 1920's, more numbers in there isbank, and continuous interactions, demolition orders. people are being ripped on their houses. presidency is being invoked as well. there has never been a status quote. -- status quo. brent: would it have made a difference to you if the u.s. president said he was recognizing jerusalem as the capital of east -- of israel and east jerusalem for palestine? >> now because it is far beyond the issue of jerusalem. it is the israeli government and its practices and aggression. backing have been israel since forever, and it will continue to do so, whether they recognize an embassy or not. the policy shows the u.s. has been backing israel against the palestinian people. brent: let me ask you, what is
the situation been for israel tonight? you have a new intifada that has been declared. you have allies around the world condemning what the u.s. president did yesterday. how can benjamin netanyahu say yesterday was a good day for israel? >> you have to ask him that. i don't know. i think we are all in the middle of speculating, and the media is hyping up the tensions here. jerusalem is now very calm, and i think we are going to face some unrest in future days, but not a new intifada. brent: you don't think we are going to face -- you don't think we are going to face a new intifada? >> no. it is -- brent: why not? >> it is very hard to speculate
or to focus, especially for the future. -- theause i think palestinians, those who remember the two intifadas have a lot to lose and nothing to gain from a new intifada. i don't think there is steam for a new intifada, but i think if i may, i can refer your question to the issue of had trump declared jerusalem as the capital of both states, i think it will come later. i think we are still waiting for the second shoe to fall. brent: what purpose though was served yesterday? he said that this was a new approach to peace. did you feel that way that his declaration yesterday of jerusalem as the capital of israel, was that being done in
the name of peace? >> first of all we are dealing with trump, and one thing you expect from him is to be unexpected. so he broke the rules. he said everything else before me didn't work, i will try something else. i would advise patience. and i think if he is serious about what he said about a deed -- i quote from memory he said i , am offering the deal for the palestinians and the israelis, reading his own book art of the deal, it must come after the declaration on jerusalem, there must come something -- brent: that is a good point because yesterday he gave away something to israel, and so far we don't see any sign israel is giving him back anything. what do you say about that?
if this is a deal in the making, then when is, or how should the u.s. mother u.s. president, how should he approach the palestinians now about restarting peace talks? kathy? >> there has been 20 years of talking about a peace process -- a peace process which has only been used to cover up for the israeli section on the ground. let me also bring on the table the issue of the two state solution that has been in the air all the time, and i don't understand why the international community is still believing in that. it is too late. brent: you don't believe in that. >> i think it is be if anyone who goes to the ground and look what is going on on the ground -- it is because of so many things creating on the ground because the policies, continuing policies where the international community has failed the palestinian people. and safe to say anything, i
think the question is not what trump is going to do. i think the question is what the international community is going to do about serious -- time to put serious special on israel. they did not do, and maybe this is a question that should be on the table. brent: maybe something that is something we both see because we know mahmoud abbas is pushing for the u.n. to take up this action by the u.s. president, and we will have to see. maybe that is where we are heading. time will tell. our phd student here in berlin and the former israeli government spokesman, director general of the jerusalem press club. to both of you, thank you for being on the show. we appreciate it. here are some of the other stories now that are making headlines around the world. russian foreign minister sergey lavrov said north korea wants to hold direct talks with the u.s. in order to seek security guarantees from washington. a russian news agency said
lavrov passed on pyongyang's message to u.s. secretary of state rex tillerson today on the sidelines of a conference in the viena. the european union is taking the czech republic, hungary, and poland to court for failing to take their fair share of refugees under a distribution plan in 2015. the countries have taken in almost no refugees in the last few years despite an e.u. agreement to relocate 160,000 people from italy and greece. their brussels of limiting national sovereignty. with only two weeks to go until catalonia holds fresh elections, more than 3000 pro catalan protesters have gathered in brussels to urge the e.u. to support their drive for independence from spain. they are also voicing support for their deposed leader. he was, or he says he will stay in belgium because he fears he will be arrested if he returns to spain.
well germany could be one step , closer to forming a new government tonight. the country's centerleft social democrats have voted in favor of talks on continuing the governing coalition with chancellor angela merkel's conservatives. now the social democrats -- the spd originally ruled out , entering a coalition with the conservatives after a disastrous election result in september. reporter: in the end, the social democrats followed the decision of their chief martin schulz. reluctant but with clear majority, they gave the ok for open talks with angela merkel's cdu. previously they struggled with this decision, following the worst election result in decades, many spd members felt the party should no longer partner up with angela merkel and her conservative party in a grand coalition. >> from the bottom of my heart, i am against another grand coalition.
it has not served us at all in the past years. >> the spd is the oldest democratic party in germany, and it would be disastrous if we refused to talk. the social democrats have been in two grand coalitions in the past. that left us with only 20% in the polls. we did not end up winners. reporter: martin schulz had originally disagreed with this sentiment. now the party establishment has turned in. now he has to sell the turnaround to the delegates. >> we must not govern at any price, but we must not go into opposition at any price. what matters is what policies we can push through. reporter: schulz lined out what kind of policy he means. gender equality and a relatively liberal approach to immigration. he rejects the idea of a maximum number of refugees to be allowed into germany.
schulz also wants germany to be at the heart of a much more integrated e.u. >> comrades the europe we want , does not exist right now. we will have to create it. if we want europe to stay strong, we must make sure it is capable of acting. europe must make a noticeable difference in everyday lives. reporter: this spd convention was widely seen as a test to the authority of martin schulz as spd leader. [applause] schulzand indeed martin passed the test with over 80% of delegates voting to keep him as hearty german. we want to pull in our reporter at the convention. good evening to you. what does all of this mean? will there be a new government in germany soon? reporter: we are definitely one step closer, but we are nowhere near actually having a new
government. they show it will be a lengthy devils in the -- and the here is in the details. we are talking the vote here, the social democrats voted on having preliminary talks. after those preliminary talks might be successful with merkel's conservatives, they will have another party convention where they vote on going into coalition talks. and after those coalition talks might be successful, they will have the party membership, which is 440,000 people, nearly half a million people, vote on the results of those coalition talks. so it is going to be a very lengthy process until germany has a new government in place. and this vote today we have seen at the party convention of the social democrats does not at all mean those talks with merkel's conservatives will be successful. brent: yeah, that is a good point because the social democrats are not excited about going into a coalition with the conservatives. and they have some conditions they want to be met, right?
reporter: actually they have pretty bold demands for their standards. they are going into the coalition talks or preliminary talks with the upper hand. they know the conservatives need them, and they want to abolish private health insurance, they want to allow family reunions for refugees, want to reform pensions, and overall want to create how martin schulz said today -- he is a very strong european -- a united states of europe in the long-term. -- angelademands, not merkel as the chancellor does not agree on all of them. it is going to be very tough negotiations, but she is willing to -- or she will be willing to make compromises because the chancellor has already said she does not want a minority government, nor new elections. and those would be the other two options if this grand coalition does not work out.
brent: our correspondent on the story for us tonight. thank you very much. all right. javier is here with business news. an ugly word in the world of business, and that is? javier: restructuring. ugly word. brent: we don't like that in the news business either. javier: anywhere actually because when you hear the word, you can almost always link it to an even uglier concept, job cuts. and general electric has confirmed it is axing 12,000 jobs at their global power business. it is trying to become what they call a more focused company. and if that stories downs familiar -- sounds familiar, look no further than here in germany. reporter: ge decided on the cuts and says to save over one billion euros in 2018. the company's stock has plunged 44% this year, and that downturn has not only affected ge. rival siemens is cutting 9000 jobs. its power and gas division has also been hit by the rapid
growth of renewables like wind and solar. the worldwide trend is towards finding renewable energy solutions like this wind park in china which generates clean energy and does not contribute to climate change. and solar has become a more realistic alternatives since the dawn of battery storage solutions to store daylight energy. the u.s. company says it expects dwindling demand for fossil fuel power plants to continue. ge said the job cuts would primarily take place outside the united states, but nearly a third of the company's swiss workforce is set to go, and 1600 employees in germany are likely to lose their jobs. javier: staying in the energy sector, mexico might fear the end of the nafta free trade agreement, but they have not felt the pinch. havepening of monopolies spurred development in many areas including oil. exxon is the latest to rush in. reporter: a new market has
opened, and the world's largest oil maker exxon mobil has snapped up the opportunity to expand. this is just the first of 50 stations it wants to open early next year. the fuel is delivered by rail from the u.s. >> to supply the stations, we have made a strategic decision to work with the mexican terminal owners to bring high-quality fuel made in our own refineries in texas down to mexico to ensure that consumers can experience the full brand experience of mobile fuels and the quality guarantee that goes with that. reporter: market reforms in mexico recently ended the monopoly that the national oil company once enjoyed in everything from crude production to retail sales. this is a key step for the mexican economy, especially with nafta negotiations in a deadlock, casting a shadow over trade.
bp also opened its first gasoline station in mexico earlier this year. investments like these are worth hundreds of millions of dollars and mean jobs for mexicans. brent: now if there is one lesson learned from the financial crisis, it is that taxpayers should not be bailing out banks. after years of haggling, central bankers and financial supervisors have come up with new rules for lenders. the so-called basel committee reaching the compromise. ecb chief mario draghi called a -- called it a major milestone. until banks and year were allowed to assist and sell how much they needed to survive a crisis. the central banks only performed stress tests. now it will be up to central banks to determine the necessary bumpers. most of the rules come into effect for 2022. but it was not an easy task to get an agreement. we spoke to our financial correspondent in frankfurt and asked how difficult it was for regulators to find common ground
on the new banking rules. reporter: well of course it is a long lastingnd compromise where it took a long time before it was forged out. of course you always find pundits who will tell you this is not enough, who will tell you that for example the capital buffers of banks should be higher. but also i think we should not forget that this compromise was forged out by supervisors and central banks of 28 different jurisdictions. you know the eurozone, america, , china, countries like singapore, turkey, switzerland. i think it is remarkable that they ended up finding a compromise. this is not a given in a time where many governments think national egotism is more important than finding common ground. javier: that was our reporter in frankfurt. that is all for business. it is back to rent for some sports and news we have heard
before. brent: i think you are right. cristiano ronaldo has -- we have heard it before -- the ballon d'or. a record-tying fifth time. he retains his crown as the world's best player after helping real madrid to the finals last season. he is now level with his eternal rival, barcelona's mesi. brussels has lost the right to host games as the euro 2020 following delays in the development of a new stadium. they say that four matches set to be played in brussels will be moved to wimbley stadium in london. wimbley is already scheduled to host both the semi finals and the final. euro 2020 is a pan-european showcase event with matches being played in 12 different countries. and here is a reminder of the top stories we are following for you. israeli troops have used tear gas in the west bank as
palestinians protest. u.s. president trump's recognition of jerusalem as israel's capital. hamas has called for a new uprising against israel. germany's social democrats will hold talks with chancellor angela merkel's conservatives on continuing the governing coalition. the spd chairman martin schulz initially refused that, but now he is willing to talk. after a short break, i will be back to take you through the day. stick around. [captioning performed by the national captioning institute, which is responsible for its caption content and accuracy. visit ncicap.org] ♪
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