Palestinian envoy: Trump ‘is usually declaring war in the Middle East’

Palestinian envoy: Trump ‘is usually declaring war in the centre East’

President Donald Trump’s most likely decision to recognize Jerusalem as the administrative centre of Israel and move the U.S. embassy there is normally “a kiss of loss of life” for a solution to the long-working territorial conflict in the region, Palestine’s envoy to the United Kingdom said Wednesday.

“If he says what he is going to say about Jerusalem being the administrative centre of Israel, this means a kiss of loss of life to the two-state remedy,” Manuel Hassassian told BBC radio Wednesday in an interview that was found by Reuters.

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“He is declaring battle in the centre East, he is declaring war against 1.5 billion Muslims (and) vast sums of Christians that aren’t going to allow the holy shrines to be totally under the hegemony of Israel,” Hassassian said.

Trump is likely to announce Wednesday that the U.S. will recognize Jerusalem just as Israel’s capital, a controversial move that makes good on a promise he made during the presidential campaign. It is a step very long sought by Israel’s government but opposed by Palestine, which would likewise seek to case Jerusalem as its capital in virtually any two-state solution.

Hamas, the Palestinian militant group that the U.S. possesses labeled a terrorist organization, explained Tuesday that the U.S. embassy move “breaks red lines,” according to the Associated Press. He explained Trump’s decision would ignite “the spark of rage against the occupation.”

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