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Palestinian Official: We Received Reassurances on U.S. Embassy Transfer from Tel Aviv | ASHARQ AL-AWSAT English Archive 2005 -2017
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A flag flutters outside the US embassy in Tel Aviv August 4, 2013. (photo credit:REUTERS)

Ramallah – Tel Aviv – A senior Palestinian official told Asharq Al-Awsat newspaper that the Palestinian leadership has received reassurances that a plan to move the U.S. embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem has been suspended.

The sources added that based on official information, the plan to move the U.S. embassy was no longer under consideration.

While the sources declined to disclose the party that conveyed the reassurance message to the Palestinian leadership, they stressed that authorities in Ramallah were now relieved from the pressure that was caused by such threat.

Last month, Trump vowed to move the U.S. Embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, in response to a U.N. resolution against the Israeli settlements in Palestine.

His statement stirred a wave of angry reactions from Arab and European states.

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said that any attempt to move the U.S. embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem would be considered more than a provocation, and hinted to reverse the recognition of Israel as a prelude to other escalatory step.

Abbas appealed to Russian President Vladimir Putin and asked him to directly intervene in order to stop Trump from moving the embassy to Jerusalem.

In comments to Asharq Al-Awsat newspaper, member of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) executive committee and senior assistant to Abbas, Dr. Ahmed Majdalani, said that preliminary indicators have shown that Trump went back on his decision.

He added that several factors have led Trump to go back on his promise to move the U.S. embassy to Jerusalem.

Majdalani noted in this regard that the U.S. was a permanent member of the U.N. Security Council, and any violation it commits to international resolutions would encourage other members, such as China and Russia, to breach other resolutions by the UNSC.

In the same context, Israel’s Minister for Regional Cooperation Tzachi Hanegbi said that European Union officials have informed him that European Union embassies would remain in Tel Aviv even if Trump goes ahead with his plan to move the U.S. embassy to Jerusalem.

Local Israeli media quoted Hanegbi as saying that European officials, with whom he met in Brussels earlier this week, have shown a firm stance against any unilateral move, especially with regards to Israeli settlements and the issue of Jerusalem.