Palestinian, Jordanian Leaders Meet to Discuss Thwarting Potential Relocation of US Embassy to Jerusalem
JNS.org — Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas and King Abdullah of Jordan met Sunday in Amman, the Jordanian capital, to discuss the potential relocation of the US Embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem by the Trump White House.
A joint statement from Abbas and Abdullah said they “have agreed on a series of moves should the new Washington administration decide to go ahead with the [relocation].”
The Palestinian Foreign Ministry said that, should Trump decide to move the embassy, it “would effectively close the door on the two-state solution and will destabilize the entire region.”
Last week, Abbas warned that such action could lead to the Palestinians rescinding their recognition of Israel.
Abbas has said a delegation of senior Palestinian officials, joined by Jordan’s king, will travel to Washington and Moscow in the coming days for meetings with high-ranking American and Russian officials to thwart a relocation plan.
Trump repeatedly promised throughout his campaign that he would move the embassy to Jerusalem — which Congress demanded in the 1995 Jerusalem Embassy Act, but has been delayed by all presidents since. On Sunday evening, White House press secretary Sean Spicer announced that discussions on the relocation of the embassy were in the beginning stages.