President Trump called Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas this morning to inform him that the United States is going to move the U.S. Embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, Palestinian Authority spokesman, Nabil Abu Rdainah said in a statement Tuesday.
The statement did not reveal when President Trump will make the move, but it does immediately precede an expected Wednesday announcement in which Trump and the U.S. will recognize Jerusalem as the unified capital of Israel, in accordance with Israel’s sovereign mandate.
The Palestinian forwarded a threatening tone to President Trump, warning of a possible violent response.
“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 the world,” the Palestinian News and Information Agency reported. “In this context, the president is continuing contacts with world leaders to prevent taking such a rejected move.”
President Trump also phoned King Abdullah of Jordan this morning to inform him of the news, according to reports. The Jordanian king is fiercely opposed to the measure, claiming it would harm the “peace process” between Israel and the Palestinians.
According to the White House pool report, Trump also had a scheduled phone call with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu this morning. Details about that conversation have not yet been released to the public.
On the election campaign trail, candidate Trump made the American embassy’s move to Jerusalem one of his campaign promises. Many dismissed this claim as empty rhetoric, given that Trump’s predecessors had made the same pledge before.
The deadline for signing a national security waiver that allows the president to postpone moving the embassy expired Monday night. Congress passed the Jerusalem Embassy Act in 1995, mandating the movement of the American embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.
However, a national security waiver was included to enable the president to postpone the move. Trump let that deadline pass, which could serve as a signal that he is indeed starting the process of moving the embassy.
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