Leaders in Palestine are calling on Muslims around the world to pray that President-elect Donald Trump won't follow through on his campaign promise to move the United States Embassy from Tel Aviv to Israel.
According to The Washington Post, Palestinians consider the move "a red line" that would all but extinguish hopes of a two-state solution. One high-ranking government minister in Jordan said such a move would have "catastrophic consequences."
Palestinian leaders are calling for mosques across the globe to pray this Friday against the change.
"This is a message of protest," Mohammad Shtayyeh, a former peace negotiator, now a senior Palestinian Authority official, said upon announcing the plea. "The call for prayer is to say we don't accept this."
According to Shtayyeh, if Trump moves the embassy, the Palestinian Liberation Organization may revoke their recognition of the state of Israel.
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas wrote to Trump asking him to reconsider, saying that the relocation "will likely have [a] disastrous impact on the peace process, on the two-state solution and on the stability and security of the entire region, since Israel's decision to annex East Jerusalem contradicts with international law," according to The Guardian.
Israel's ambassador to the U.S., Ron Dermer, said that Trump should not be dissuaded from making the move, arguing that it would send "a strong message against the delegitimization of Israel and of Jerusalem as the Israeli capital."
But some American diplomats question if the U.S. would gain any advantage from the relocation.
"It was and is a symbol of American policy, which has always been that the status of Jerusalem should be resolved through negotiations, and any effort to move it unilaterally would be disruptive and dangerous for everyone," Philip Wilcox, former U.S. consul general in Jerusalem from 1988-1991, told the Post.
"It's playing with fire," he warned. "It would quite likely incite acts of Palestinian violence and terrorism, not only there but everywhere. It would alienate other Muslim states and make our role in trying to preserve some stability and peace more difficult. It would alienate the international community. And all it would accomplish is the goodwill of the Israeli right wing."
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