Breda O'Brien: Trump's pleasing of evangelicals may rain down fire

By recognising Jerusalem as Israeli capital, US president pleases few beyond his apocalypse-loving base

Palestinians burning Israeli flags at Al-Aqsa Mosque compound following the Friday prayer. Photograph: Faiz Abu Rmeleh/EPA

Palestinians burning Israeli flags at Al-Aqsa Mosque compound following the Friday prayer. Photograph: Faiz Abu Rmeleh/EPA

The queue to “surely and definitely tame the mentally deranged US dotard with fire” has just got a little longer.

That was Kim Jong Un’s threat back in September. This week, after Donald Trump announced that the US recognises Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and that it will eventually relocate its embassy to the city, a spokesman for the Turkish president, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, said the US was “plunging the region and the world into a fire with no end in sight”.

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