Trump Tells Abbas, Jordan of ‘Intention’ to Move Embassy to Jerusalem

The Fellowship  |  December 5, 2017

President Trump on a private plane talking on a cell phone.
Trump Tells Abbas

While the world – along with those who stand for Israel – waits to hear what America’s position will be concerning the Holy City of Jerusalem, news has come out about its intentions. The Times of Israel’s Dov Lieber reports that Donald Trump telephoned PA chief Mahmoud Abbas and King Abdullah of Jordan to notify them of his intent to move the American embassy to Jerusalem:

US President Donald Trump on Tuesday spoke to Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas and Jordanian King Abdullah II over the phone, informing them separately of his “intention” to relocate the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

Trump “informed the president (Abbas) on his intention to move the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem,” a statement from the Palestinian presidency said.

The Royal Hashemite court released a statement with similar language.

It was not clear from either statement if Trump planned to move the embassy immediately or at some point in the future, with no further details provided.

Abbas told the US leader the “firm” Palestinian position is “there is no Palestinian state without East Jerusalem as its capital,” the readout said.

The PA president also warned Trump that moving the embassy to Jerusalem would be dangerous for the peace process, as well as to peace and security across the region and the world…

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