When the Iraqi military earlier this week declared that Iraq has now been 'fully liberated' from ISIS, it was news that the region should have rejoiced in. ISIS, an acronym for Islamic Sate of Iraq and Syria, who declared their caliphate in Mosul, Iraq, and Raqqa, Syria in 2014 - played a monumental part in the violence that has engulfed the region in recent years, most notably in Iraq, Syria and Yemen.

So, whilst the defeat of the militant organisation will not spell the end of violence that has become so widespread in the region, it can certainly be considered a step in the right direction.

However, instead of a sense of delight encircling the region, there is instead a sense of apprehension regarding further conflict, as Trump's decision to move the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem and declare Jerusalem the capital of Israel, has incited many.

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Since the UN Partition Plan of 1947, which designated Jerusalem an international city, due to the controversy and sensitivity that surrounds the issue, no American president has opted to sort the issue out. Until Trump.

Indeed, the decision has caused a great deal of anger across the world. Protests erupted in the occupied West Bank, East Jerusalem and Gaza Strip immediately after the decision was made by Trump, as part of the 'Day of Rage,' and protests have been ongoing since.

Similarly, various countries across the globe have taken heed too, with protests spewing in Lebanon, Turkey, Iran, Jordan, Pakistan, Egypt, Malaysia, and Indonesia, to name a few.

The decision has not gone down well, but this will not come as a surprise to Trump. Palestine is considered a sacred city for Muslims, so this is a battle against the Muslim world, not just the Palestinians.

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Unfortunately, it is another battle that may prove detrimental to the #middle east.

What happens next?

Turkish President Recep Erdogan has been vocal since the outset, and recently labelled Israel 'terrorists' and a 'child murderer state'. He criticized Trump's decision and vowed to 'unite Islamic countries, leaders and states', and affirmed that Jerusalem will not be abandoned.

His views were echoed by counterpart and Russian President Vladimir Putin who condemned the US President and his decision and claimed it will play a part in 'destabilizing the region'.

These are two leaders who played a compelling role in the #Syrian civil war which has precipitated a disheartening refugee crisis and fuelled a humanitarian crisis, hence showing they are not afraid to use force when necessary, and they have made their views clear regarding Israel and the US.

Likewise, the long-term adversary of Israel, Hezbollah, who went head to head with Israel in the south of Lebanon in 2000 and the Lebanon war of 2006, and have risen in prominence and discipline since their active engagement in the Syrian Civil War, where they fought robustly against anti-government forces and ISIS - also expressed their outrage at the predicament.

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Their leader, Hassan Nasrallah, following unceasing protests in Beirut, Lebanon, asserted his intention to make the Palestinian cause the focal point of Hezbollah's strategy.

Turkey, Russia, and Hezbollah have risen in importance in the Middle East due to their actions in Syria, and all 3 have their differences with Israel and the US.

Thus, their condemnation of Israel and the US may lead to combat, should protests continue, and if the stance of Israel, whose Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, hit back at Erdogan, by claiming he will not listen to someone who 'helps terrorists' - remains the same, things could escalate.

It is palpable that tensions are rising amongst the heavyweights of the Middle East regarding the Jerusalem subject matter. A storm is certainly brewing, and time will tell what the consequences are.

Severe consequences?

One thing is for sure, the Palestinians cannot afford another war. The last major war with Israel in 2014, cost them 2251 lives, most of whom were civilians, and ravaged the infrastructure.

Likewise, Israel will be wary of another war, especially with Hezbollah, as the war in 2006 crippled them more than they expected, and since then, Hezbollah has gone from strength to strength.

Additionally, it appears Putin has switched his attention away from Syria, as during his recent regional visit, he ordered the withdrawal of Russian troops in Syria. Likewise, in Nasrallah's aforementioned speech, he alluded to the victories Hezbollah had gained in the region. This alongside the vocal nature of Erdogan's response suggests Palestine has now been prioritized in the region.

The world has made their views clear concerning Jerusalem, and the ball is now in Israel and the US's court, but early signs suggest their stance will not shift.

How this conflict develops will be intriguing, and signs are that it will only worsen, which paves the way for another brutal war - something the Middle East cannot afford. #Capital Of Israel