Palestinian envoy says US recognition of Jerusalem is 'declaring war'

By REUTERS
December 6, 2017 11:08

"If he says what he is intending to say about Jerusalem being the capital of Israel, it means a kiss of death to the two state solution."




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A Palestinian protester drags a burning tyre during clashes with Israeli troops near the Jewish settlement of Bet El, near the West Bank city of Ramallah October 23, 2015.. (photo credit: MOHAMAD TOROKMAN/REUTERS)

LONDON - US President Donald Trump would effectively be making a declaration of war if he recognizes Jerusalem as Israel's capital, the Palestinians' chief representative to Britain said on Wednesday.

"If he says what he is intending to say about Jerusalem being the capital of Israel, it means a kiss of death to the two state solution," Manuel Hassassian said in a BBC radio interview.

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"He is declaring war in the Middle East, he is declaring war against 1.5 billion Muslims (and) hundreds of millions of Christians that are not going to accept the holy shrines to be totally under the hegemony of Israel," Hassassian added.
Trump sparks Mideast fury with Jerusalem embassy plan (Reuters)

Senior US officials said on Tuesday that Trump will recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital on Wednesday and set in motion the relocation of the US embassy to the city.


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