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Moving US Embassy to Jerusalem a ‘red line,’ Jordan says

Jordan’s government spokesman warned that the relocation of the US Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem was a “red line,” and would result in “catastrophic” consequences.

Information Minister Mohammed Momani told AP that such a move could have negative repercussions on the US’s ties with Jordan and other regional allies.

Moving the embassy “will have catastrophic implications on several levels, including the regional situation,” he said, noting that other regional powers would likely “think about different things and steps they should take in order to stop this from happening.”

“It will definitely affect the bilateral relationship between countries in the region, including Jordan, and the parties that will be related to such a decision,” he added in the AP interview.

Additionally, the move would be “a gift to extremists,” and “inflame the Islamic and Arab streets,” Momani said.

This week, PA chairman Mahmoud Abbas warned of “serious implications” if the embassy is moved, saying, “Moving the embassy will have serious consequences not only for the Palestinian people, but also for the legitimacy of the entire international struggle against the occupation.”

Saeb Erekat, the secretary general of the PLO, threatened last week that if the United States moves its embassy to Jerusalem, the Palestinians will demand that Arab countries expel U.S. ambassadors from their capitals.

He also warned that the Palestinian Authority will take steps against Israel, such as reducing security and economic coordination as well as consider backtracking on its recognition of Israel.

Erekat has previously warned that moving the American embassy in Israel to Jerusalem would “destroy the prospects of peace”.


In a September meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in New York, then-candidate Trump said that if elected, the United States would recognize an undivided Jerusalem as the capital.

After the election, top Trump aide Kellyanne Conway said the campaign promise to see the American Embassy in Israel moved from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem is a “very big priority.”

Trump’s pick for ambassador to Israel, Attorney and campaign adviser David Friedman, has said that he looks forward to working for peace “from the US embassy in Israel’s eternal capital, Jerusalem.”


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