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TRUMP TO RECOGNIZE JERUSALEM AS ISRAEL’S CAPITAL: US OFFICIALS
    2017-December-7  08:53    Shenzhen Daily

U.S. senior officials said Tuesday that U.S. President Donald Trump was expected to recognize Jerusalem as the capital city of Israel on Wednesday U.S. time and move the U.S. Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

Trump’s move is likely to spark further tensions in the Middle East and undermine the U.S. standing as a peace mediator of the Palestine-Israel issue.

Trump “will recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel,” the officials told reporters at a tele-conference, explaining that the U.S. president “views this as a recognition of reality, both historical reality and ... modern reality.”

Trump would also “direct the State Department to begin the process of moving the U.S. Embassy from its current location in Tel Aviv to a site in Jerusalem,” said the officials on the condition of anonymity, adding this will take years to finish.

“That does not mean the embassy will move tomorrow,” they said, adding that there are about 1,000 personnel in the Tel Aviv embassy. “It will take some time to find a site, address security concerns, design a new facility, find a new facility ... and build it, so this is not an instantaneous process.”

In 1995, former U.S. President Bill Clinton signed a law requiring that the U.S. Embassy in Israel be relocated from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, unless the president issues a waiver every six months.

Since Clinton, all presidents have signed the waiver, believing the city’s fate should be decided through negotiations between Israel and Palestine.

This week marks a turning point for Trump, who last signed the waiver in June. He vowed during his presidential campaign last year to move the U.S. Embassy in Israel.

The officials said Trump will continue to sign the waiver until preparations for the embassy move are complete.

Israeli security forces were “preparing” for clashes with Palestinians in East Jerusalem and the West Bank ahead of Trump’s announcement, a military official told local media yesterday.

Palestinian officials have warned that the move will “kill” any chance for a peace deal between Israel and the Palestinians, who consider East Jerusalem as the capital of their future state.

Hundreds of Palestinians demonstrated in Gaza city yesterday against a possible move by the U.S. to change the status quo of Jerusalem.

The Arab League decided yesterday to hold an emergency meeting at the level of foreign ministers Saturday to discuss the Arab action regarding the possible U.S. recognition.

King Abdullah II of Jordan yesterday warned of serious consequences of Trump’s decision on the stability and security of the Middle East, adding that such a measure will undermine the peace process.

The king also stressed that the issue of Jerusalem needs to be settled as part of a comprehensive solution that leads to the creation of an independent Palestinian state with East Jerusalem as its capital that lives side by side with Israel.

The status of Jerusalem is one of the ultimate questions for the Palestinian-Israeli peace process, which has been stalled since April 2014 following nine months of U.S.-brokered talks without major progress.

Israel has controlled the western part of Jerusalem since it was founded in 1948.

East Jerusalem is a predominantly Palestinian territory, which Israel seized from Jordan in the 1967 Middle East war and annexed it shortly later. The annexation was never recognized by the international community.

Jerusalem is a site holy to both Muslims and Jews. The Old City in eastern Jerusalem is home to the al-Aqsa mosque compound, a site known to Muslims as Haram al-Sharif (“the Nobel Sanctuary”) and to Jews as the Temple Mount. Jordan is the custodian of the compound.

(Xinhua)

 

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