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Trump plan to move embassy in Israel could spark 'new hostility — China

06 Diciembre 2017, 01:20 | Bibiana Flor

Trump plan to move embassy in Israel could spark 'new hostility — China

Trump plan to move embassy in Israel could spark 'new hostility — China

Breaking with decades of US policy, Mr Trump has already told leaders of the Palestinian Authority and Jordan that he plans to move America's embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. Trump will sign a waiver delaying the embassy move for another six months to comply with the law, as senior administration officials said it will take years for the move to be completed.

Trump is to publicly address the question of Jerusalem today.

That was a sentiment echoed by Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, who cautioned that it "would undermine the chances of peace in the Middle East".

That section of Jerusalem was occupied by Israel after the Six Day War in 1967. The U.S. has consular offices in Jerusalem, but it's unlikely that they would be suitable for a permanent embassy.

Israeli security services were preparing for the possibility of violence in the West Bank in light of Palestinian terrorist groups calling for demonstrations in response to US Trump's expected moves, sources said.

The kingdom, a regional powerhouse that could help the White House push through a Middle East settlement, expressed its "grave and deep concern" about such a possible recognition.

U.S. officials say Trump will also instruct the State Department on Wednesday to begin the multi-year process of moving the American embassy from Tel Aviv to the holy city. Advocates of the Israeli position that it is "the undivided eternal capital of Israel" are precisely that - backers of the Israeli position, which is the position of the occupying power.

No country currently has its embassy in Jerusalem, and the international community does not recognise Israel's jurisdiction over and ownership of the city.

It was similar pressure from Egypt and the Arab League that convinced Joe Clark to back down in 1979.

But it will complicate Trump's desire for a more stable Middle East and Israel-Palestinian peace and arouse tensions.

As the news came through, via an embargoed but leaked press briefing, confirming that the Trump administration would recognise Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, there are a few things to keep in mind. He noted that Moore graduated from the United States Military Academy, while Romney received a draft deferment for his missionary work in France. Both intifadas turned deadly, but the second was worse - roughly 4,000 people died.

Be smart: Trump's decision on the embassy will fulfill his campaign promise only symbolically.

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.

The Syrian government condemned the White House move, according to the SANA news agency. "We are ready for every possibility", he said, according to the Ynet news website.

"I haven't heard anyone articulate a single national security interest as to why now", said Hussein Ibish, a senior resident scholar at the Arab Gulf States Institute. And that's all it is, legally speaking.

FILE - In this July 25, 2017 file photo, Jerusalem's Old City is seen trough a door with the shape of star of David. On Tuesday, he told Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in a phone call that that is indeed what he intends to do.

The internationally recognised Palestinian government sees the eastern part as the capital of their future state.

The announcement, which is expected at 18:00 GMT on Wednesday, comes amid global condemnation of the move.

"We could go as far as cutting diplomatic ties with Israel over the issue", Erdogan said.

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