President Donald Trump’s decision last week to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital continues to reverberate around the world in the form of demonstrations and a few scattered instances of violence.

“There have definitely been a lot of demonstrations; there definitely have been incidents,” said news analyst Charlie Sennott on Boston Public Radio today.

Sennott said he was surprised by the move of the embassy since that change had always been thought of as a cornerstone of the “final status agreements within the peace process.”

“There were reasons not to officially make that recognition by moving the embassy,” he said. “The timing is so not there.”

Sennott suggested that moving the embassy could have been used as leverage during the peace process.

“There doesn’t seem to be any deal in which the Israelis do that in exchange for freezing settlements or for doing something substantive to push the peace process along,” said Sennott.

Charlie Sennott is a news analyst at WGBH where he also heads up the GroundTruth Project. To hear his interview in its entirety, click on the audio player above.