Trump conveys to Abas his “intention to move” the embassy to Jerusalem (Palestinian Authority)
A masked Palestinian child watches in front of the flames during clashes with Israeli soldiers at the entrance to the northern village of Qusra, in the occupied West Bank, near Nablus, on December 4, 2017.
US President Donald Trump informed the Palestinian leader, Mahmoud Abbas, “of his intention to transfer the US embassy” in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, the Palestinian presidency said after a telephone conversation between the two leaders.
During this dialogue, Abas warned Trump of the “dangerous consequences of such a decision on the process of peace, security and stability in the region and in the world,” the Palestinian Authority added in a statement.
The communiqué of the Palestinian presidency does not make clear if Trump indicated to Abas his desire to immediately initiate the transfer or if it is a new declaration of long-term intentions.
Abbas reaffirmed his “firm position that there can be no Palestinian state without East Jerusalem as a capital, in accordance with international resolutions and law and the Arab peace initiative,” the text said.
Trump had decided on Monday to postpone his decision on an eventual transfer of his embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, which would consecrate this city as the capital of Israel, following warnings and private telephone calls from world leaders.
Israel occupied East Jerusalem and the West Bank in the Six Day War in 1967. East Jerusalem was later annexed, an action that has never been recognized by the international community.
Israel claims the entire city as its indivisible capital, while the Palestinians hope that the east of the city will be the capital of their future state.