(Haaretz) U.S. President Donald Trump informed Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and Jordan’s King Abdullah that he plans to move the U.S. Embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem on Tuesday, according to Abbas’ spokesman and Jordanian reports. Trump also called Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah al-Sissi to inform him of the decision.
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Abbas warned Trump that the action will have “dangerous consequences.”
Abbas spokesman Nabil Abu Rudeineh said “The Palestinian stance is determined and steadfast – there will not be a Palestinian state without East Jerusalem as its capital according to decisions by the international community. Abu Mazen [Abbas] is now holding an emergency meeting in his bureau following the phone conversation with Trump.”
— Palestine PLO – NAD (@nadplo) December 5, 2017
According to Jordanian reports, Abdullah warned Trump of the decision’s repercussions on Middle East security and stability.
He reportedly pledged that he would thwart any American initiative to renew the peace process and would encourage rage and resistance among Muslims and Christians alike.
An Abbas aide commented Tuesday that if the Trump Administration decides to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, the Palestinian leadership would sever ties with the U.S. administration.
Abdullah reportedly spoke to Abbas Tuesday, allegedly deciding to act in complete coordination following the report on Trump’s decision.
Israeli ministers were instructed not to speak publicly about the embassy crisis – at the request of the @WhiteHouse
— Noa Landau (@noa_landau) December 5, 2017
Meanwhile, Israeli ministers were instructed on Tuesday not to speak publicly about the embassy crisis, at the request of the White House.
Trump on Tuesday also spoke with Prime Minister Netanyahu Tuesday, the White House confirmed.
The Trump administration announced Monday that it had not yet reached a decision yet on whether or not to move the U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem, despite the fact that Monday was the legal deadline to sign a presidential waiver on the matter.
Leaders of the Middle East and Europe expressed serious concern about Trump’s looming decision on Jerusalem Tuesday.
Nabil Shaath, a senior Palestinian official, had especially harsh words for Trump Tuesday before news of the embassy move, saying “the mother of all the deals dies here on the rocks in Jerusalem if he says tomorrow that he recognizes a united Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.” On Saturday, Hamas leaders called for a popular uprising to thwart the ongoing “conspiracy.”
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