Tuesday, October 26

Palestinians Warn Trump On Embassy

The Islamist Hamas movement has warned US President Donald Trump of the dangers of following through on his promise to move the US embassy to “occupied” Jerusalem.

“The American administration is exceeding all red lines by moving its embassy,” the group in charge of Gaza since 2007 said in a statement.

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, who has also repeatedly warned that such a move would be viewed as an “aggression,” has asked Jordan for help in opening a direct line of communication with the Trump White House, Israel Radio reported on Monday.

White House speaker Sean Spicer said on Sunday that the US administration was “at the very beginning stages of even discussing” relocating the embassy, according to the Haaretz newspaper.

Spicer’s comment came shortly before a “very warm” phone conversation between Trump and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu about peace and security in the Middle East and the nuclear deal in Iran.

Trump, who has repeatedly promised to move the US embassy to Jerusalem from its location in Tel Aviv, also invited Netanyahu to Washington in February. An exact date will be set in coming days.

Israel has long considered Jerusalem to be its capital. However, since the Palestinian Authority would like to make East Jerusalem the capital of an eventual state, picking Jerusalem as the site of its embassy would be a clear signal of favouring one side over the other.

 

 

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