Tuesday, December 05, 2017 1:00 am
Mideast leaders warn of Jerusalem decision
JERUSALEM – Arab nations and Palestinian officials have warned of dire consequences if the U.S. recognizes Jerusalem as Israel's capital to prevent President Donald Trump from making the move.
In a late-night call Sunday, Jordan's foreign minister, Ayman Safadi, warned Secretary of State Rex Tillerson that such a decision could “trigger anger across the Arab and Muslim world, fuel tension and jeopardize peace efforts,” according to Jordan's state news agency.
Egypt's foreign minister, Sameh Shoukry, also discussed with Tillerson the “possible negative impacts” on peace, according to a ministry spokesman.
Turkey said a change would be a “major catastrophe.” Palestinian Foreign Minister Riyadh Malki meanwhile called for an emergency meeting of the 22 members of the Arab League, which is expected to take place today.
For more than two decades, successive U.S. presidents have signed a waiver every six months that allows them to delay a move of the embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem on national security grounds. During his campaign, Trump vowed to relocate the U.S. Embassy but reluctantly signed the waiver six months ago as his administration attempts to broker a peace process.