Pales­tinian en­voy warns against mov­ing U.S. em­bassy in Is­rael

Cape Breton Post - - WORLD -

WASH­ING­TON — The Pales­tinian’s top en­voy to the United States is warn­ing that mov­ing the U.S. Em­bassy in Is­rael from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem could dis­rupt ef­forts to se­cure peace in the Mid­dle East.

Maen Areikat says an “emo­tional de­ci­sion” to shift the em­bassy’s lo­ca­tion “is go­ing to have very, very neg­a­tive reper­cus­sions” and could seriously com­pli­cate and un­der­mine any fu­ture ef­forts to re­solve the con­flict be­tween the Pales­tini­ans and the Is­raelis.

Areikat, chief of the PLO del­e­ga­tion in Wash­ing­ton, spoke Mon­day at a con­fer­ence spon­sored by J Street, a lib­eral Jewish ad­vo­cacy group. Con­ser­va­tive Repub­li­cans favour mov­ing the em­bassy to Jerusalem and Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump en­dorsed the re­lo­ca­tion dur­ing the pres­i­den­tial cam­paign. Areikat says the Pales­tini­ans have made their po­si­tion clear, di­rectly and in­di­rectly, to the Trump ad­min­is­tra­tion.

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