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Why Trump's Proposed Embassy Move Is Problematic — The Jerusalem Quandary

Why Trump's Proposed Embassy Move Is Problematic — The Jerusalem Quandary Why Trump's Proposed Embassy Move Is Problematic — The Jerusalem Quandary
Orlondo Matamoros | Diciembre 06, 2017, 12:05

Trump is not the first U.S. president to pledge moving the U.S. embassy in Israel to Jerusalem.

Majdi Khaldi, Abbas' diplomatic adviser, said Trump's recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital could end Washington's role as mediator.

The president spoke with five world leaders, and told them that he will recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

The deadline came and went without any White House announcement about whether President Donald Trump had signed a waiver.

However, though the move may have been temporarily stayed, the White House regarded the embassy's transition from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem as not only imminent, but inevitable, according to the statement.

An Arab Israeli official confirmed in a text message that the result of the meeting was "moving embassy.to Jersualem". Lawyers have said there's some flexibility in the exact timing.

The United Nations, in its 1947 plan on partition, resolved to place Jerusalem under a "permanent international regime" administered by the UN, meaning neither the Israelis or the Palestinians could claim the city as their capital.

"At this summit we will mobilize the whole of the Islamic world", Erdogan said.

In 2016, Israel and Turkey reappointed ambassadors after a six-year break due to a lethal Israeli raid on an aid flotilla to Gaza. Israel claims all of Jerusalem as its capital. The process for opening a new embassy would take years, and US law requires the president to keep waiving the move requirement until a new embassy is ready to open.

"This would mean they decided, on their own, to distance themselves from efforts to make peace", Khaldi told The Associated Press in perhaps the most sharply worded reaction by a Palestinian official. It is important religiously of course to the Muslims and the Christians. More recently, the city experienced a wave of Palestinian stabbings in late 2015 in part because of growing numbers of visits by Jewish nationalists to the Temple Mount, and last summer, the city again experienced weeks of unrest when Israel tried to install security cameras next to the Al Aqsa Mosque after a Palestinian gunman killed two Israeli police officers.

Later in the day, several Palestinian groups called for three days of "popular anger" to protest against Mr Trump's move.

Egyptian President Abdul Fattah al-Sisi also stressed in a telephone call he received from Trump to brief him on his decision to move the US embassy to Jerusalem the importance of preserving the legal status of Jerusalem as stated in international references and resolutions, urging not to complicate the matter in the region through measures that could undermine chances of peace.

U.S. officials have said a possible recognition might come this week, prompting mounting Arab and Muslim criticism.

When Prime Minister Joe Clark pledged in 1979 to move Canada's embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, there were warnings the move would bring demonstrations - even violence - throughout the Arab world.

East Jerusalem, captured by Israel in 1967, is home to major Muslim, Christian and Jewish holy sites. It's 40 per cent of the Palestinian economy. For decades, U.S. policy has stated that Israelis and Palestinians should negotiate the city's status among themselves.

FILE - In this July 25, 2017 file photo, Jerusalem's Old City is seen trough a door with the shape of star of David.