Warnings of dire consequences – major unrest, Arab and Muslim anger and an end to the peace process – have come from Arab leaders as President Donald Trump pondered a change in Jerusalem’s status. The White House missed Monday’s deadline for signing another six-month waiver on the US law mandating the relocation of the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. Earlier, Jordan’s foreign minister Ayman Safadi warned that his failure to sign would trigger anger across the Arab and Muslim world. Egypt’s foreign minister Sameh Shouky spoke of a “negative impact” in the region; Turkey’s President Tayyip Erdogan called recognizing Jerusalem a “red line” for Muslims and warned he would sever ties with Israel; and the Saudi ambassador to Washington warned of a “detrimental impact” on the peace process.
President Trump is expected to disclose his position on Jerusalem’s status in a statement on Wednesday.
Israel’s ambassador to Washington, in an interview to Politico Monday, advised the Palestinians to “Wake up.” Not recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s capital is a “farce,” he said. “Understand that Jerusalem is Israel’s capital. You have to deal with that reality.”