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PA to abandon all previous deals if US embassy moved to Jerusalem

Palestinian Deputy Prime Minister Ziad Abu Amr in Gaza city on 27 November 2017 [Ashraf Amra/Apaimages]

Palestinians will abandon all previous deals with the US administrations if the American embassy is moved to Jerusalem, the deputy Palestinian prime minister told the US Consul in Jerusalem yesterday.

The state-owned Wafa news agency reported that Ziad Abu-Amer told Donald Blum that the Palestinian Authority would also abandon all agreements if Jerusalem was recognised as the capital of Israel contrary to international law.

“Changing the American policies and the status quo in Jerusalem would have dangerous consequences,” he warned.

The PA official said that such an American measure “contradicts its role as a mediator and a broker of the peace process.”

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He noted that any such measure would cause wide protests in the Palestinian territories and in other parts of the Arab and Islamic world because Jerusalem is not only the capital of Palestine, it is an Arabic and Islamic cause.

On Friday, an American official said that Trump would recognise Jerusalem as Israel’s capital in an expected speech to be delivered tomorrow.

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