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Jerusalem - Muslim States Warn US Against Moving Embassy To Jerusalem

Published on: December 4, 2017 06:02 PM
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FILE - Ultra Orthodox Jews look towards the Temple Mount in the Old City of Jerusalem, 30 November 2017. EPAFILE - Ultra Orthodox Jews look towards the Temple Mount in the Old City of Jerusalem, 30 November 2017. EPA

Jerusalem - An umbrella organization of Muslim countries said Monday that President Donald Trump’s possible recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital would constitute “naked aggression” against the Arab and Muslim world, as the ruling Palestinian party has called for mass protests against such a move by Washington.

The Organization for Islamic Cooperation issued a statement condemning an anticipated announcement by the president, saying its 57 member states should sever ties with any state that transfers its embassy to Jerusalem or recognizes Israel’s annexation of east Jerusalem.

Israel captured east Jerusalem in the 1967 Mideast war, but the international community doesn’t recognize its sovereignty over it. The Palestinians claim east Jerusalem, home to the Old City’s contested holy sites, as the capital of a future state. The western half of the city is home to Israel’s parliament, Supreme Court and most government headquarters.

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The city is an emotional issue at the heart of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. A declaration by the United States risks inflaming tensions across the Middle East as the Trump administration tries to advance a peace plan to resolve the decades-long conflict.

U.S. officials said Trump may recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital this week. He had promised to move the U.S. embassy to Jerusalem during his campaign, and recognizing Jerusalem as the capital could offset disappointment in postponing the move once again.

Every president since Clinton has issued the waiver on moving the embassy, saying Jerusalem’s status must be resolved by negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians. Trump last signed the six-month waiver in June, and the deadline expired on Friday.

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas’s Fatah party called for mass protests “to confront this aggression not only against the Palestinians, but against Muslims and Christians all over the world.”

Abbas warned Sunday that American recognition of Jerusalem was “a threat to the future of the peace process and is unacceptable for the Palestinians, Arabs and internationally.”



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 Dec 04, 2017 at 06:46 PM StevenWright Says:

Mmmmm, they were warned against making payments to terrorists and how did they respond?

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 Dec 04, 2017 at 07:32 PM yamsar Says:

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StevenWright Says:

Mmmmm, they were warned against making payments to terrorists and how did they respond?

Brilliant! But what will you do with the resulting Terror?! Nothing. Because you live comfortably in the 5 towns, so it doesn’t matter to you. And no, they don’t need an excuse but the is will exacerbate the situation.

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 Dec 04, 2017 at 07:39 PM yidele1 Says:

who are this punks warning america ?

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 Dec 04, 2017 at 08:44 PM PaulinSaudi Says:

Hard to see what advantage anyone gains by moving the embassy. Oh well, at least the President gets to make some news. He likes that.

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 Dec 05, 2017 at 02:12 AM Anonymous Says:

A terrible irrational move by a President that is being forced to comply with his campaign promises. There are always ways to let it go. He has many solid brilliant advisors that will never let this happen unless they wanna play into the hand of the terrorists and then cry their heads off.
The Zionist machine is only looking for political gains and are not thinking of the big picture because all they care is their own pride and dont give a dam to humanity. Its a lose/lose situation by all means.

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 Dec 05, 2017 at 06:10 AM alterknaker Says:

Should they move the embassy, or rather save lives?

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 Dec 05, 2017 at 07:56 AM Just Wondering.... Says:

Good to see the threat of terrorism always works as a driver towards peace

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 Dec 05, 2017 at 07:03 PM marcia Says:

As if radical Muslims need 'an excuse' to blame Israel for yet Another Attack...

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