Trump ‘Declaring War’ on Middle East with Jerusalem Move: Palestinian Envoy

Palestinian ambassador to the United Kingdom Professor Manuel Hassassian speaks during the International Forum Peace and Sport 2007 in Monaco, Thursday, Dec. 6, 2007. (AP Photo/Lionel Cironneau)
AP/Lionel Cironneau

President Donald Trump’s decision to move the U.S. Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem will “kill the peace process” and provoke a violent reaction across the Middle East, according to the Palestinian envoy to the UK.

Manuel Hassassian, Palestinian general delegate to the UK told BBC Radio 4’s Today program on Wednesday:

At a time when the entire Middle East, and the Palestinians and the Israelis need a certain breakthrough, a re-engagement in negotiations, here he comes … to start a whole new episode of confusion, anarchy, distortion to the concept of a two-state solution.

And, by announcing that, he is declaring war in the Middle East.

He’s declaring war against 1.5 billion Muslims, hundreds of millions of Christians that are not going to accept their holy shrines to be totally under the hegemony of Israel, let alone that East Jerusalem has always been known as … the future capital of Palestine.

This is the last straw that will break the camel’s back. I don’t mean war in terms of conventional war, I mean war in terms of diplomacy.

Mr. Hassassian was responding to Wednesday’s news that Mr. Trump is fulfilling his campaign promise to recognise Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. The move is part of what is expected to be a year-long process of relocating diplomatic operations from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

As Breitbart Jerusalem reported,  Britain’s Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson said the relocation underlines the urgency of a new U.S.-led Middle East peace plan.

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