Dr. Aaron Lerner - IMRA: The more the Palestinians threaten regarding the
consequence of a US embassy move the better. Because their failure to
deliver on these threats will serve to significantly devaluate the weight of
their future threats.
Erekat: If Trump moves US embassy to Jerusalem, he will end the peace
Publish Date: 2017/01/07
RAMALLAH, January 7, 2017 (WAFA - PLO news agency) – If US President-elect
Donald Trump moves the American embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, as he
and his staff had said he would after he takes office later this month, then
he would have declared the peace process dead, secretary general of the
executive committee of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) Saeb
Erekat said on Saturday.
He told Voice of Palestine radio that moving the embassy to Jerusalem is
recognition of Israel’s annexation of the occupied city, which means
destroying all chances of peace.
“We call on the United States not to do this,” he said, “because if it is
done, it means recognition of Israeli annexation of Jerusalem, which means
destroying the peace process and ending all chances of peace,” said Erekat.
“We hope the US will be wiser than to adopt such a step,” he said.
The PLO official said if the new US administration proceeds with moving the
embassy to Jerusalem, then the Palestinians will definitely act. “We are
considering in the PLO what to do,” he said.
Erekat said instead of holding Israel accountable for its “crimes” against
the Palestinian people and compel it to implement United Nations Security
Council resolution 2334 adopted last month which condemned Israeli
settlements, it is being rewarded and treated as a country above the law.
“Israel is violating all laws,” he said. “For this reason, we are going to
ask the signatories to the Geneva Convention and the UN General Assembly to
act in order to have this resolution implemented,” explaining that even
though the resolution did not come under Article 7, which allows use of
force to implement a Security Council resolution, it did come under Article
6, which also compels states to enforce it.
Erekat was not the only one who warned of dire consequences if the new Trump
administration changes long standing US and world policy toward the
Palestinian conflict with Israel and which refuses to recognize Israel’s
control over the territories it occupied in June 1967.
President Mahmoud Abbas had also described talk about moving the embassy to
Jerusalem as “an aggression,” warning that “it is a red line, which we will
not accept,” and which will enter the region and world peace into a crisis
that will be difficult to come out from.
US Secretary of State John Kerry had also warned of an explosion in the
region if the embassy is moved to Jerusalem.
“You’d have an explosion, an absolute explosion in the region, not just in
the West Bank, and perhaps even in Israel itself, but throughout the
region,” he told the American TV station CBS.
“If all of a sudden, Jerusalem is declared to be the location of our
embassy, that has issues of sovereignty, issues of law that would deem to be
affected by that move and by the United States acquiescing in that move and
that would have profound impact on the readiness of Jordan and Egypt to be
able to be supportive and engaged with Israel as they are today,” warned