Mark Moore – December 5, 2017
President Trump told Middle East leaders that he plans to recognize Jerusalem as the Israeli capital, amid outcry that the action could inflame violence in the region and sink prospects for peace.
Trump reached out by phone to Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, King Abdullah of Jordan and Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi and informed them that he will move the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, upending decades of US policy.
Abbas, according to a spokesman, “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,” adding that he appealed to Pope Benedict and the leaders of Russia and France to intervene.
Abdullah urged Trump to abandon the move, saying “Jerusalem is the key to achieving peace and stability in the region and the world,” according to a statement.