THE LOS ANGELES TIMES – SAMIR ZEDAN, LAURA KING
Palestinian officials said Tuesday that President Trump had informed Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas in a phone call that he planned to move the U.S. Embassy in Israel to Jerusalem.
Opposition has been building in the Arab world and beyond to any move by Trump to either move the embassy or recognize the contested city as Israel’s capital.
A spokesman for Abbas, Nabil Abu Rudeineh , was quoted by the official Palestinian news agency as saying Abbas told Trump that such a step would harm peace prospects and also threaten regional security.
The status of Jerusalem has long been a flashpoint. Israel claims the entire city as its capital; the Palestinians want the city’s eastern sector as the capital of any future Palestinian state.