The Palestinian Authority threatened to respond by “unleashing all of our weapons” if United States President-elect Donald Trump were to move the American embassy to Jerusalem.
The Palestinian United Nations envoy Riyad Mansour stated that if Trump/America were to move the American Embassy to Jerusalem from Tel Aviv, “Nobody should blame us for unleashing all of the weapons that we have in the UN to defend ourselves and we have a lot of weapons in the UN… If they try to attack us by moving the embassy to Jerusalem, which is a violation of Security Council resolutions and a violation of Resolution 181… it means they are showing belligerency against us.”
He stated that he can make “their [US] lives miserable every day with precipitating a veto on my admission as a member state,” referring to the Palestinian Authority’s non-member observer state status. The envoy reportedly threatened to open “Pandora’s box” if the move were to occur, threatening to pursue efforts in the International Criminal Court and international organizations.
Several Israeli politicians have praised Trump on his commitment to move the Embassy from Tel Aviv to the Jewish State’s capital, Jerusalem. In September during a meeting with Netanyahu in New York, Trump confirmed that as president he would “recognize Jerusalem as the undivided capital of the State of Israel.” His campaign released a statement acknowledging “that Jerusalem has been the eternal capital of the Jewish people for over 3,000 years, and that the US, under a Trump administration, will finally accept the long-standing congressional mandate to recognize Jerusalem as the undivided capital of the state of Israel.”
Amir Tsarfati, a Jewish Christian, is the founder and president of Behold Israel, a news site to correct the scarcity in trustworthy reportage on issues and events impacting Israel, and to resolve the uncertainty about who or what to believe.