Donald Trump has restated his commitment to move the US embassy to Jerusalem as thousands of Palestinians take to the streets on the eve of his Presidential inauguration.
Palestinian media claims thousands of people gathered in Ramallah, Nablus and Hebron on Thursday to protest the US moving its embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, a promise made previously by Donald Trump and repeated at his pre-inaugural Chairman’s Global Dinner on Tuesday night in Washington.
“Of course I remember what I said about Jerusalem,” Trump said in response to a question from a reporter. “You know that I am not a person who breaks promises,” Trump added.
Thousands in Ramallah, Nablus and Hebron demonstrate against moving the US embassy to Occupied Jerusalem. pic.twitter.com/6Dn8l0s95A
— Palestine PLO – NAD (@nadplo) January 19, 2017
It comes amid threats from Palestinian officials against it, including Palestinian Authority leader Mahmoud Abbas, who said it was crossing “a red line”. At Thursday’s protest in Ramallah a Fatah banner read, “Fateh protest in Ramallah banner read ” we will escalate the resistance if the US embassy moved to Jerusalem ”
At the dinner, where many foreign diplomats were introduced to the president-elect, who assumes office this Friday, Trump expressed his eagerness to build a strong relationship with Israel.
“I already cannot wait to begin working with Israel,” Trump stated. “This weekend, the ties between us will begin on a personal level.”
— Nasser Atta (@nasseratta5) January 19, 2017
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