Palestinian envoy: Trump 'declaring war in the Middle East'

Palestinian envoy: Trump 'declaring war in the Middle East'

Using a series of measures that involve massive land grabs, rapid construction of Jewish settlements, and the imposition of a repressive system on Palestinians designed to stifle their daily lives and push them out of the city, the Israeli state has managed to change the demographic makeup of occupied East Jerusalem and entrench their control over it.

"He is declaring war in the Middle East, he is declaring war against 1.5 billion Muslims, hundreds of millions of Christians that are not going to accept the holy shrines to be totally under the hegemony of Israel", Manuel Hassassian told BBC 4 Radio's "Today."

A Palestinian diplomat said recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital could destroy the United States' role as mediator between Israelis and Palestinians.

While Israel considers Jerusalem to be it capital, the international community officially recognizes Tel Aviv as the capital.

In 1980, Israel formalised its annexation of the eastern half of the city when it passed the Jerusalem Law, claiming that "Jerusalem, complete and united, is the capital of Israel". On Tuesday, he told Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in a phone call that that is indeed what he intends to do. In March 2016, Trump promised in a speech to the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) to move the American embassy to Jerusalem, which he called the "eternal capital of the Jewish people".

The UN General Assembly upgraded Palestine to a nonmember state in 2012, but influential countries in Western Europe have not individually recognized "Palestine".

Jordan's King Abdullah II warned the Trump administration that an embassy move could derail Israeli-Palestinian peace efforts ― an issue Trump has delegated to Jared Kushner, his son-in-law and adviser.

Mr Trump spoke with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who has long backed moving the US embassy to Jerusalem.

However, specific boundaries of the city would remain subject to a final status agreement, the officials said.

Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said the US move was a sign of its incompetence and failure, according to his personal website.

This could, however, be delayed because of logistical and security issues, as well as the need to find a location.

But already ahead of the announcement there were signs of the rising tensions.

A senior U.S. administration official said President Donald Trump is expected to announce that the United States recognizes Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and will move its embassy there. For decades, U.S. policy has stated that Israelis and Palestinians should negotiate the city's status among themselves.

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The city's Palestinian population has had to face their ambiguous status more directly in recent weeks than it has in years.

"There will be new problems again".

"There is no way that there can be talks with the Americans".

Pope Francis speaks during a visit to the Notre Dame College in Dhaka, Bangladesh, December 2, 2017.

Key national security advisers - including Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Defence Secretary Jim Mattis - have urged caution, according to the officials, who said Trump has been receptive to some of their concerns. On Tuesday, warnings against such a move by the U.S. came from leaders across the region.

In recognising Jerusalem as Israel's capital, the US becomes the first country to do so since the foundation of Israel in 1948.

Anticipating protests, US government officials and their families have been ordered to avoid Jerusalem's Old City and the West Bank.

Trump's move comes close to fulfilling a campaign promise, and will delight his political donors and the conservative and evangelical base so vital for the embattled president.

A Palestinian man walks past Israeli border guards standing in Jerusalem's old city just after Damascus' Gate on December 6, 2017.

Moving the embassy could therefore be a process that takes years, requiring immense planning and security considerations as the U.S. looks for a new site to host its diplomatic staff.

The Vatican backs a two-state solution to the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, with both sides agreeing on the status of Jerusalem as part of the peace process.

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