After reports about the U.S. Embassy’s relocation from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem emerged, Palestine responded by saying that the move would be considered as a “declaration of war against Muslims.” Although it is not yet clear when the relocation will happen, White House Press Secretary has confirmed that talks about moving the U.S. Embassy in Israel have begun.
Earlier this week Channel 2 and Israeli news outlet, claimed that a White House source revealed that President Donald Trump is preparing to announce the relocation of the U.S. Embassy. Moving the facility to Israel will serve as an official confirmation that the U.S. recognizes the city as a capital of Israel.
Although Israelis applauded the report, the potential move has angered Palestinians since Jerusalem has been a highly disputed territory for centuries. According to Jibril Rajoub, a high-ranking official in the ruling Fatah Party of Palestinian President Mahmoud Abba, transferring the U.S. Embassy to Israel would be perceived by Muslims as an act of aggression.
“In our opinion moving the embassy to Jerusalem is a declaration of war against Muslims,” Rajoub said. “We are talking about a dangerous step that won’t bring stability to the ground.”
The official then went on to say that the relocation would go against previous resolutions and policies enforced by the U.S. and the United Nations. According to another Palestinian official, the country’s government is planning on asking the U.N. General Assembly to suspend Israel’s membership if Trump’s proceeds with the embassy’s relocation.
Despite the threatening reaction from Palestine, Spicer noted that Trump’s administration is still keen on the relocation of the embassy. This is widely being viewed as the president’s way of fixing the relationship between the U.S. and Israel following the Obama administration’s decision not to veto the U.N. Security Council’s resolution regarding the country’s Jewish settlements. Although the U.S. has already entered the initial stages of the relocation, the move will probably not happen immediately.