Opening to coincide with Israel’s 70th independence day in May; PLO: This is a violation of agreements between the PA and Israel and the destruction of the two-state solution, in addition to provoking all Arabs and Muslims.
The United States will move its embassy to Jerusalem in May of this year. The expedited move will coincide with Israel’s 70th independence celebration in May, the State Department and two Trump Administration officials confirming the relocation Friday.
The United States Congress will reportedly be notified on Friday and US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has been reported to have signed a security plan for the new embassy.
A spokesman for Palestinian Authority Mahmoud Abbas responded to the news, stating Friday “This is an unacceptable step. Any unilateral move will not give legitimacy to anyone and will be an obstacle to any effort to create peace in the region.” The secretary-general of the PLO, Saeb Erekat, claimed the decision would provoke the Arab world. Continuing with the Palestinians’ anti-US rhetoric, he warned “This is a violation of agreements between the PA and Israel and the destruction of the two-state solution, in addition to provoking all Arabs and Muslims.”… more