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January 23, 2017 2:37 pm

Palestinian, Jordanian Leaders Meet to Discuss Thwarting Potential Relocation of US Embassy to Jerusalem

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Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas. Photo: Wikimedia Commons.

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas. Photo: Wikimedia Commons. — 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.

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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.

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  • HannahW54

    Since the two-state solution says that Jerusalem would be a SHARED capital, what’s the big deal about moving the US Embassy into the ISRAELI side??

    The UN, US, EU, PA and all the other alphabet-soup groups wouldn’t be LYING about that issue, would they…?

  • Riemoya

    But the Arab world have never accepted or recognised Israel as a sovereign country even though Israel obtained this status in 1948. What makes us think that they ever will so as the US wills, so let it be done for it is solely between the US and Israel.

  • Lin Olson

    Like there was ever a chance to a two state solution… Or like you Muslims recognise Isra’el… If you did, you would realize that ALL of the land belongs, to Israel.