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December 5, 2017 11:02 am

Trump Misses Jerusalem Embassy Deadline, Palestinians Threaten to Sever US Ties

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President Trump and PM Netanyahu at a news conference in Jerusalem. Photo: Netanyahu’s Twitter account.

JNS.org – President Donald Trump missed a Dec. 4 deadline to announce a decision regarding the potential relocation of the US Embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

Trump will make an announcement regarding the embassy “in the coming days,” White House spokesman Hogan Gidley told media representatives aboard Air Force One as the president returned from a trip to Utah.

Senior US officials said Trump is expected to sign a waver postponing the relocation of the embassy, Reuters reported. Yet American officials have also stated that Trump is expected to make an announcement on Dec. 6 regarding US recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.

Both the Gaza-ruling Palestinian terror group Hamas and the Palestinian Authority (PA) made threats ahead of the potential changes in US policy towards Jerusalem. Hamas last Saturday called to “renew the Jerusalem intifada,” while PA President Mahmoud Abbas’s adviser, Mahmoud Habash, said that “the world will pay a price” for American recognition of Jerusalem as the Israeli capital.

Abbas’s diplomatic adviser, Majdi Khaldi, reiterated that sentiment Tuesday, telling The Associated Press, “If the Americans recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel….We will stop our contacts with them.”

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