State Department Warns Of Violence As Trump Mulls Moving Embassy To Jerusalem

Tuesday, December 5, 2017
By Paul Martin

by Tyler Durden
ZeroHedge.com
Dec 5, 2017

Update: With local news reporting that Trump and Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, one of his most trusted allies in the region, it’s becoming clear that Trump is calling leaders in the region to prepare them for the US’s decision to move its embassy to Jerusalem – a decision that will likely outrage much of the region. According to Reuters, Trump told both Palestinian and Jordanian leaders, as well as Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of his intentions.

One by one, world leaders – most recently Jordna’s King Abdullah – have warned that such a move would have “dangerous repercussions” for security and stability in the region. Saudi King Salman said the decision would hurt the Israeli-Palestine peace process.

Meanwhile, the State Department is warning consulates across the world to prepare to boost security if Trump decides to move the embassy. Trump promised to move the embassy during his campaign but decided to delay back in June, according to the Daily Caller.

State has urged consulates across the world to boost security if President Donald Trump announces a relocation of the embassy in Israel.

“The impending Jerusalem announcement has me very worried about the possibility of violent responses that could affect embassies,” a State Department official told Politico. “I hope I’m wrong.”

The department is warning of violence against both diplomats and US citizens, and is warning them to stay away from the West Bank: “US gov’t employees & family restricted from personal travel in Jerusalem’s Old City & in the West Bank. US citizens should avoid crowds and areas with increased police and/or military presence”

Israeli security agencies have met over the past few days to prepare for riots and other attacks, according to the Ynet news agency. Authorities believe Trump’s announcement could spark attacks from established terror groups, as well as so-called “lone wolf” terrorists.

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After warning that he could officially recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital by the end of the week – an announcement that drew vociferous objections from Turkey and Saudi Arabia, who both warned that such a declaration would irreparably damage US ties with the Muslim world – Palestinian sources are reporting that President Donald Trump told Palestinian Authority leader Mahmoud Abbas that the US intends to eventually move its embassy to Jerusalem – a contested city that is claimed as a capital by both Israel and the Palestinian territories.

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