The U.S. President Donald Trump has told the President of Palestine Mahmoud Abbas his intention to relocate the U.S. embassy to Jerusalem.
The U.S. embassy has so long been in Tel Aviv. The U.S. move to relocate the embassy to Jerusalem has been widely condemned in Middle Eastern countries.
True, holding off US recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital did not result in peace. The lack of progress can be chalked up to Israeli & Palestinian behavior alike. But equally clear is that changing US policy toward Jerusalem now will likely make the situation much worse.
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The U.S. allies like France have also cautioned the U.S. President about moving the embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.
Palestinian Authority’s official news agency Wafa has quoted President Abbas’ spokesperson who said the U.S. President called the Palestinian President to inform him about his ‘intention’ to relocate the U.S. embassy.
“President Abbas warned of the dangerous consequences such a decision would have to the peace process and to the peace, security, and stability of the region and of the world,” Nabil Abu Rudeina, the Palestinian president’s spokesperson, said.
— AFP news agency (@AFP) December 6, 2017
The timeframe of relocating the U.S. embassy to Jerusalem, hasn’t so far, been reported.
Meanwhile, the White House Press Secretary Sarah Sander said the U.S. President Trump will deliver his embassy relocation remarks soon.
She said, “He’s going to continue having conversations with relevant stakeholders, but ultimately he’ll make what he thinks is the best decision for the United States.”
“The president, I would say, is pretty solid in his thinking at this point,” Sanders referred to Trump’s position on embassy relocation.
Trump’s move to relocate the U.S. embassy has attracted wide criticism. The Jordanian King warned the U.S President that relocation of the embassy would have “dangerous repercussions on the stability and security of the region.”
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The Jordanian King said the decision would also inflame Muslim and Christian feelings.
The French President Emmanuel Macron also warned President Trump over possible embassy move.
In a phone call on Monday, Macron “reaffirmed that the status of Jerusalem must be resolved through peace negotiations between Israelis and Palestinians.”