Published: Sat, January 20, 2018
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

Trump to Move US Embassy to Jerusalem as Early as Next Year

Trump to Move US Embassy to Jerusalem as Early as Next Year

The Trump administration is expected to approve a plan to move the USA embassy in Israel to Jerusalem as early as next year, rather than waiting for several years, Trump administration officials said Friday.

Abbas continued, alleging that Herzl, considered the founder of modern political Zionism, had called for the ethnic cleansing of the Arabs of Palestine.

The decision to withhold funds from the agency drew sharp criticism from Palestinian leaders, who said, "food, and education is not a bargaining chip but a United States and worldwide obligation". Addressing a Cairo conference Wednesday, he repeated that Washington removed itself from its role as an honest peace broker.

Sunday, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas seemed to have signed the death warrant of the Oslo Accords.

Mr. Pence, who postponed the trip last month as Washington was consumed by the endgame of the tax bill fight, has said his Egypt trip would address the shared need to combat terrorism and assist persecuted religious minorities throughout the Middle East.

The conference adopts the motto of "World Conference in Support of Jerusalem" and witnesses the participation of prominent national, regional and worldwide figures such as Grand Imam of Al-Azhar Ahmed Al-Tayyeb, Pope of Alexandria and Patriarch of the See of St. Mark Tawadros II and Arab Parliament Chief Meshaal bin Fahm al-Salmi.

President Donald Trump's worldwide negotiations representative, Jason Greenblatt, is arriving in Israel on Wednesday for meetings with representatives of the European Union, Russia and the United Nations, who together with the USA form the Middle East Quartet, a self-appointed group of global entities striving to advance an Israeli-Palestinian peace deal.

The administration got even tougher on Palestinians on Tuesday, saying it would withhold $65m in funding to the UN Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA), which assists Palestinian refugees, prompting fears of shuttered schools and clinics.

Trump to Move US Embassy to Jerusalem as Early as Next Year
Trump to Move US Embassy to Jerusalem as Early as Next Year

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, speaks during a conference on Jerusalem at the Al-Azhar Conference Center, in Cairo, Egypt.

A day after President Trump appeared noncommittal as to when the United States embassy would be relocated to Jerusalem from Tel Aviv, it was reported his administration has redoubled its efforts to make the move by 2019.

El-Sissi has repeatedly appealed to Trump to be more involved in the fight against Islamic militancy in the region. "He was visibly standing behind Trump when he made his Jerusalem announcement". -Palestinian ties deteriorate. Palestinians make up a large segment of his country's population.

Jerusalem is home to sites holy to the Muslim, Jewish and Christian religions.

The US provides approximately 30% of the United Nations agency's $1.4 billion budget. The new US embassy to the United Kingdom took eight years to complete.

Authority officials further accuse Israel of stepping up an ongoing campaign against both the Al-Aqsa and the Jordan-run endowments authority, which is responsible for the mosque's upkeep.

In addition, the conference expressed full support for the steadfastness of the "Palestinian people" and the Intifada against the decisions of the American administration and the Israeli government regarding Jerusalem.

Pence has long aligned himself with Israel. When Trump recognized Jerusalem as the Israeli capital, he insisted that it did not preclude Palestinian claims or the city's future borders.

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