Kerry: Moving US Embassy could cause 'explosion' in Middle East

Outgoing Secretary of State says moving US Embassy may cause 'explosion' and cause Jordan and Egypt to withdraw support for Israel.

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Outgoing US Secretary of State John Kerry said in an interview with CBS News on Friday that US President-elect Donald Trump's plan to move the US Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem would cause "an absolute explosion in the region, not just in the West Bank, and perhaps even in Israel itself, but throughout the region."

"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," Kerry said.

Any alternative to the classic two-state solution would be "extraordinarily dangerous for Israel, our friend," he explained.

On Friday, Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas invited Trump to visit Beit Lehem (Bethlehem) and warned him not to move the US Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

Palestinian Liberation Organiation Secretary General Saeb Erekat said in December that the PLO would revoke its recognition of Israel and support of the two-state solution if the Trump administration moved the US Embassy to Jerusalem.








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