Abbas: moving US embassy to Jerusalem spells end of ‘two-state solution’

 

 

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas. Credit: Kremlin.ru via Wikimedia Commons.

(Israel Hayom/Exclusive to JNS.org) Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas and King Abdullah of Jordan met in Amman Sunday to discuss the Trump administration's potential plan to relocate the U.S. Embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

A joint Palestinian-Jordanian statement said Abbas and Abdullah "have agreed on a series of moves should the new Washington administration decide to move ahead with the relocation of the U.S. Embassy." 

The Palestinian Foreign Ministry said in a statement that the embassy move "would effectively close the door on the two-state solution and will destabilize the entire region."

During the past few weeks, Abbas has warned that relocating the embassy would escalate tensions and further derail the already stalled Israeli-Palestinian peace process.

Abbas urged President Donald Trump to shelve his plans for moving the embassy. He said a delegation of senior Palestinian officials, joined by Jordan's king, plans to travel to Washington, D.C., and Moscow in the coming days for meetings with high-ranking American and Russian officials, with the aim of thwarting the embassy plan.

Posted on January 23, 2017 .