Middle East

Hamas calls for 'day of rage' over Jerusalem crisis

President Donald Trump waves as he walks towards Air Force One at Andrews Air Force Base in Md., Saturday, Dec. 2, 2017. Trump is heading to New York to attend a series of fundraisers. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

OCCUPIED JERUSALEM/RAMALLAH, Palestine: Hamas has called for a "day of rage" to be held Friday in response to U.S. President Donald Trump's announcement that he intends to move the U.S. embassy in Israel to Jerusalem.

In a statement on Hamas' official website the group said the move would cross "every red line."

Jordan's Foreign Minister previously announced that his country planned to convene an emergency meeting of the Arab League Saturday and Sunday. It would be the second such emergency meeting in a month.

Trump informed Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, Jordan's King Abdullah and Egypt's President Adbel-Fattah al-Sisi on Tuesday that he intends to move the U.S. Embassy to occupied Jerusalem.

King Salman of Saudi Arabia said the move would provoke Muslims.

Abbas' spokesman Nabil Abu Rdainah had said in a statement that "President Mahmoud Abbas received a telephone call from U.S. President Donald Trump in which he notified the President [Abbas] of his intention to move the American embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem."

There was no mention of whether or not Trump elaborated on the the timing of such a move. He is also expected to speak with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu later Tuesday.

"President Abbas warned of the dangerous consequences such a decision would have to the peace process and to the peace, security and stability of the region and of the world," Abu Rdainah said.

Abbas has been speaking with world leaders over the past several days as part of diplomatic efforts to persuade Trump not to make the move.

King Abdullah was quoted in a statement as telling Trump that such a decision would have "dangerous repercussions on the stability and security of the region" and would obstruct U.S. efforts to resume Arab-Israeli peace talks. It would also inflame Muslim and Christian feelings, the king added.

Trump on Monday delayed a decision on whether to officially recognize Jerusalem as the Israeli capital and move the U.S. embassy there.

The White House said Trump would miss a deadline to decide on shifting the embassy from Tel Aviv, after a frantic 48 hours of public warnings from allies and private phone calls between world leaders.

Moving the embassy would upturn years of precedent and run contrary to international consensus.

Nabil Shaath, an adviser to Abbas, told journalists Tuesday that a decision by Trump to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital "totally destroys any chance that he will play a role as an honest broker."

Israel occupied East Jerusalem and the West Bank in the 1967 Six-Day War. It later annexed East Jerusalem in a move never recognized by the international community.

Israel claims the entire city as its undivided capital, while the Palestinians want the eastern sector as the capital of their future state.

The city's status is among the most difficult issues in the conflict. U.S. traditional policy has been that its status must be negotiated between the two parties.





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