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EU's top diplomat warns Trump against changing Jerusalem's status

06 Декабря 2017

And thus, in that regard, as bitter as it sounds, the decision doesn't really change all that much, except perhaps to make it clear that it is nothing short of preposterous to claim that a Trump White House can be a just mediator.

He said he hoped Palestinians would deal with the matter "in the political sphere, rather than going for a third intifada [uprising against Israel]".

Any decision by the U.S.to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital would be rife with political peril.

For decades, bipartisan U.S. policy has been that Jerusalem is a final-status issue in negotiations for a Palestinian state. Among the ideas under consideration: A Trump nod to Palestinian "aspirations" for a capital in East Jerusalem or his endorsement of a two-state solution to the conflict, something he hasn't clearly given. But Trump, who has pulled out of the Paris climate accords and promised an "America first" policy on many issues, has shown he's less swayed by international pressure.

As CBS2's Dick Brennan reported, the move is triggering protest abroad.

Israel erected metal detectors outside several entrances to the al-Aqsa Mosque/Temple Mount compound following the killing of two Israeli police officers near the site on July 14. Other factors contributed to the uprising, but historians generally agree that Sharon triggered it. Trump risks similar violence with his comments on Jerusalem.

The U.S. officials spoke to reporters on condition of anonymity Tuesday because they were not authorized to publicly preview Trump's announcement.

The expected announcement comes despite warnings that such a move would have grave implications for the peace process in the Middle East and on regional stability.

If Trump did go ahead with the move, Erdogan said he would call a summit of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), which Turkey currently heads, in Istanbul.

He also plans on moving the U.S. embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, but will sign a national security waiver to keep the embassy where it is for the next six months, White House officials said.

The Palestinians have warned that changing the status of Jerusalem would mean the end of those peace efforts.

He also added that recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel would be "a very dangerous development" that would not "calm" the conflict, but rather "fuel it once more".

"He does not think it will be resolved by ignoring the simple truth that Jerusalem is home to Israel's legislature, its Supreme Court, the Prime Minister and, as such, is the capital of Israel", he continued.

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas listens while US President Donald Trump makes a statement for the press before a meeting at the Palace Hotel during the 72nd United Nations General Assembly on September 20, 2017, in New York.

It advised its travellers in Jerusalem to closely monitor the situation via local media and avoid the affected areas. "The main interest of the Israeli security establishment, taking into consideration their government position, is to maintain the status quo, not to escalate their relations with the Palestinians".

Moving the embassy could therefore be a process that takes years, requiring immense planning and security considerations as the U.S. looks for a new site to host its diplomatic staff.

EU's top diplomat warns Trump against changing Jerusalem's status